Thursday, June 18, 2015

School's Out For Summer ( errr, Forever!!!!)

And just like that it's over (for now). My 5 year teaching career came to an end today at 10am, when my 3rd period Algebra 1 students turned in their finals and walked out the door, leaving me with a very empty classroom. Reality hasn't really sunk in yet. I used to daydream about this moment, about the idea of racing bikes full time, about not waking up at 4:30am every day and always being exhausted. It's hard to believe and super exciting that this is officially my new reality.
While I'm excited to see where the next few years take me, I will miss being a high school teacher. I will miss the clean, quite, empty classroom every morning. Checking my email, planning out the day, and greeting the students as they slowly make their to their seats in the morning. I will miss eavesdropping on freshmen's bizarre conversations, the constant questions of 'Do you have a pencil?" 'Can I go to the bathroom?' and 'Are we taking a TEST!?' and the groans when I tell them we are switching seats.
Sweet note the 1st period kiddos wrote me when I was sick last week.  There's even a picture of a bike on the front :)
Over the past 5 years I have seen a huge shift in standards, taught a year of 1-to-1 instruction (each kid got a laptop), and learned a ton about classroom management. I made an unreasonable number of worksheets, spent hours wracking my brain about how best to introduce content, and lost my temper once or twice. I bike commuted 15 or more miles about 4 days a week average for 6 years in a row, and coached two years of track and cross country.
Ryan, 4 years ago his biceps were smaller than mine... not so much anymore. And flowers from the outgoing seniors, a very sweet end of the year tradition at THS.
Although I am feeling very nostalgic right now, I am also out of control excited about what the next few years have in store. I am ridiculously grateful for this opportunity, and so excited to make RidebikerAlliance, ShoAir Intl and Cannondale proud! It still hasn't completely sunk in yet, but this is it! And right now I'm sitting at the Denver Intl Airport, getting ready to fly to Missoula for MSLXC2K15!!! Let the season of full time bike racing begin!

1 comment:

  1. This is definitely a Shoot man....WOW!!! moment for you!! I'm very proud of you!!