I’m not the sentimental type. Birthdays (other than my kids’) bore me, giving and receiving thank you cards are akin to a small rash, and my idea of wining and dining entails a frosty glass of craft beer and sweet potato fries.
That’s basically why I’m not one for causing a scene when a change happens in my life. I’ve lived in a few different places, worked at a diverse range of jobs, and moved around schools quite a bit as a teacher. I’m not one to hold on to the past. This time, though, I feel the need to write.
A few weeks ago I applied for and accepted a position as a Curriculum Consultant in my great school board. I’ll be working on our New Teacher Induction Program team, so, ya, I’m still the luckiest guy on the planet. Nevertheless, it’s a big deal for me because it means it’ll be a few years until I’ll be able to do something like this in a classroom again:
In which I get an awesome haircut from… a student:) pic.twitter.com/cmTgu7o3Ui
— royan lee (@royanlee) June 25, 2014
I know it’s going to be a challenge for me in my new role. That’s why I finally decided to go for it, really. I’m looking for a new test, something to make me go, “Hey, I’m not so good at this… so let’s get better, and learn, and learn, and learn.” I also have great pride and a desire to help lead what I believe is the best school board in the world to new heights. To say that being hired for this role is a privilege is an understatement.
But the kids. Man, will I miss them. There’s an old adage in boxing and mixed martial arts (of which I’m a huge fan, hence the entirely nonsensical comparison which follows) that one should always go out on top rather than fade away. Yet they never do, instead choosing take blow after blow to the head, well beyond any rhyme or reason (alright, that’s officially the worst and most inappropriate sports analogy ever).
My point is that, if I were to leave my first love of school teaching, it would have had to be after a year or, better yet, a run of years which can only be described as professional blessedness. I’m one of the lucky ones who received that. Students, if you are for some reason reading this crusty old blog of mine, here’s the cheesiest
poem whatever I wrote just for you.
you have been the kings and queens of my world
I look up to you
people may think you live in an age and time of privilege and entitlement
you dwarf any kids that have ever existed
your optimism, your relentless smiling and laughing
everyone says your teacher looks like an 18 year old
and they think it’s because I have ‘Asian genes’ or something
but it’s really because of you
I take notes on everything you do
because I believe
you have the recipe for happiness
you know so much
you love so much
you spread hope everywhere you go
you know everyone’s weird and you love them for it
I’m going away for a while to work with grown ups who aren’t as cool as you
but my goal will be to help them become more
although they call me the teacher
it is all of you that taught me.