Speechless. The only word that accurately describes my mental state since July 30th is the word for...no words.
Since that day, both Scott and myself have never felt more grateful or honored to have the kindest, most hilarious and most generous readers of our little Mom 'n' Mom and Pop (plus Cats) blog. Your response to our "Beg-a-Thon" was nothing short of miraculous.
I also believe that it was your support that started to turn our fortunes around for the best.
I've now finished my second week at my new school, and I don't think I've stopped smiling, not even once. I have a fabulous group of students, wonderful colleagues, a principal who actually provides both guidance and support, and extremely involved, supportive parents.
I find myself wondering, "How did I get here? I have such a cool class, and it's all in a place I had never imagined even existed!" It was a conversation I was having with a parent the other morning which revealed the answer to my question:
Parent: "How long have you been teaching?"
Me: "Hm. In Sept. it will be 20 years."
Parent: (Politely skeptical) "That's not possible! You don't look old enough to have taught so long!"
Now, in my old school, I frequently had students who would accidentally call me "Grandma". Who am I kidding?! I've had kids who would accidentally call me "Grandpa", as well ( that one had me paranoid about my facial hair for weeks!)!
Now suddenly, in this new school, I've had more than one person telling me I look too young to have been teaching for 20 years. And that's when I realized it -- this is no ordinary school! I'm working at Shangri La Elementary!
I've never felt happier, healthier, or more confident, and it's all thanks to you! Now that I've been rendered speechfull, let me stop speaking and start showing. Please enjoy these various pictures of Shangri La Elementary:
|Here's our library. Note the lushness typical of the hidden Tibetan highlands
|A courtyard between classrooms. Perfect for quiet contemplation and planning out the next 300 years of your life.
|I had hoped to meet Ronald Colman traipsing through this magical garden of earthly delights. Unfortunately, the best I could manage was Bobby Van from the crappy 70s remake.
|My classroom. All it needs is the kids! (Please see High Lama Sam Jaffe in the Admissions Office for an enrollment form.)
|Ready for the First Day of School, Aug. 14th, 2012
And, finally, the Teachers Lounge.
I would post pictures of my students, but apparently some of them are in the "industry" and their agents would prefer they actually get paid for any photo ops. Take it from me, they are adorable, hilarious (in other words: they totally get me), and brilliant.
I just want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your kindness and caring. Without you, I would never have discovered (and been hired) at Shangri La Elementary, nor would I have discovered everlasting youth and near immortality.