2008-05-31 / Editorials & Letters

Lakewood teacher says 'goodbye' after 31 years


To the administration, teachers, parents and students of Lakewood Schools. It is with sadness that I am saying goodbye to you. I have taught in the Lakewood Schools for 31 years and now it is time to pass the chalk to someone else and to step away. But before I go, I wanted to tell you all how much I have enjoyed being a part of you.

To the staff - I am so proud to have been one of you. I don't think that you could find a better, harder working more dedicated group of people. But we weren't just working together, we were family. We laughed together, cried together and cared about one another. We worried about the children we were working with and how we could help them best. We didn't all always agree on the methods, but our hearts were in the right place. As I look back over my time in school, I remember LOTS of good times, funny times. I deeply value the wonderful friendships I have made here.

To the parents - you entrusted me with your most precious possessions and I have done my very best to help them to grow and learn about many different things hoping that they would become good, strong students and develop a love of learning. As you all know, my passion was for the cultures of the world. I have taken 25 classes around the world with me. I hope that some still continue to be interested in other places whether they actually ever get there or whether they only travel through books. I want to thank you for all the support I received over the years. Without it I couldn't have done what I did. You are a great group of people to work for and with!

And finally, to my former students - I hope that you never stop learning. I hope you keep growing and that you never stop pushing to be the best you can be. I hope that when you look back and think of you second grade year (for most but for some it might have been first or fourth grade) you remember some of the fun things we did, some of the things that were hard at first, but by the end of the year were happily easier. Never forget that people may look different, they may speak a different language, but that really there are many, many ways that we are all alike. Appreciate the differences and the similarities!

Thank you. With great fondness, Mary B. Barry Thornville

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