Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Photo

Who says studying has to be done in the library!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ready, Set, GO!!!

 Yeah, I know, one year ago I was swearing up and down that I would NEVER do this again!  But then my competitive side took over and convinced me that I needed to run the Utah Valley Half Marathon again.  Why? ... try and do a little better on my time and have a race that I didn't want to die doing.  I signed up WAY early.  (I need the motivation of a race to make me train).  I will admit that I have been very glad to have the excuse of this race to go running.  It has been a bit of a stressful (to say the least) couple of months.  I actually got to where I liked running and was glad to have the stress relief it provided.

 Em, Gavin and Josh all signed up too.  It was so nice to have Josh to train with.  I love running at night but don't often do it (not very wise for a girl to run alone at night). It's much more fun to have people at the starting line ... and finish line!
It was a beautiful day for a race! Pete met me at mile 10 and ran the last 3 with me.  I am pretty sure I would have laid down and still be in the gutter on University Ave if he would not have been there prodding me along.  I definitely did better because he was running with me, he was a great motivator!  I felt much better than I did last year.  I shaved 5 minutes off my time.  So all and all I had a successful race. 
I won't swear off doing another one ... but I am not totally committing either.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Photo

Kennecott copper mine.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Change Is Hard

After 10 years of teaching I am saying goodbye.  1 year elementary, 9 years high school.  I am an art teacher -- that is who I have been!  I love my job! I love my school!  I love my classroom!  I love my people!  I have had the privilege of working at the greatest school.
In October my sabbatical was approved.  In February I was accepted into the grad program at BYU, In April I was awarded the "golden child." Word started to get out to the students in the spring.
This came as no surprise.  I had lots of time to prep myself.  It didn't make it any easier.  I knew packing my classroom and saying goodbye was going to be the  hardest change of all.   
My classroom has been like my own little studio.  
I am pretty sure I have had a dream job!
 I loved bringing my friends and family to my classroom to make stuff.  
It became a little tradition with my nieces and nephews.  

 It turns out that Kimi D. is a natural!  
"You really want to give all this up?" she asked me.
No, yes, I think so, I don't know!
 I have spent more hours of my life the last 9 years in this classroom than at home. 
I always loved the way my classroom felt.  I hope that my students did too. I am having a hard time imagining not being in my classroom every day. 

How lucky I am to have spent 10 years being a teacher at an amazing school.  I have made lifelong friends who have influenced me for good.  I am so grateful for that.  I hope that the mark that I have left on my school, students, and coworkers is a positive one. 

Change is good ... right?