To the Editor:
I have been called many names over the years, Miss Martin, mom, wife, sister, aunt, friend, but it’s “Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Richardson,” spoken by the hundreds of students I have served over the past 38 years that is forever embedded in my brain and heart.
After over 36 years of teaching in public schools, the past 24 of them at LMES in Region 15, I have decided to retire and begin my next adventure. I enjoyed an extremely gratifying career and feel a need to acknowledge the special people that I have had the honor and privilege of working with.
First, the students. Thank you for the joy you brought to my life each day, From your huge smiles (with so many wiggly teeth), big hugs and handwritten love letters, to your hard work and enthusiasm for learning, thank you. You are the reason I began this career. It was an honor to witness the leaps and bounds you made each year both academically and emotionally and it’s been fun following your educational and athletic accomplishments beyond elementary school through local publications. I am proud to have touched your lives and been a small part of your journey.
Next, the parents and caregivers; thank you for the support you provided to me and your children. Whether you volunteered your time by helping in the classroom, donated wish list supplies or followed through on homework assignments, your help was immeasurable. We made a great team, working together to ensure a successful school experience for your child.
Finally, my colleagues; thank you for sharing your collaboration, expertise, ideas, materials, advice and laughter. We truly are stronger together and I could not have done it without you.
I hope to continue to see or read about many of you during this next chapter of my life.