So for the last week and a half I have been experiencing the last week of school with the same anticipation and excitement that many of my students have; notably the seniors I have taught over the last year. June 5th was the graduation ceremony for the Barrie Prep, the education community I have been a part of for the last four years. It has been a very bittersweet ten days. I am very excited to make my transition to Warner and Rochester full time; I am returning back to my hometown, back to my family, and to another community of educators that I am search will be an incredibly enriching experience. I am also melancholy, as I move on from a place that has impacted me in a spectacular fashion. I cannot say with certainty, but I highly doubt I would have found myself as a teacher had I not spent the last four years at Barrie.
It is a quote that is most often attributed to Albert Einstein, but has been said by many people in different fashions. Einstein said, in a note to his son, “Beim Menschen ist es wie beim Velo. Nur wenn er faehrt, kann er bequem die Balance halten.” Translated as, “It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance.”¹ So here I am, moving forward along with those students I saw graduate two Saturdays ago.
Some readers have asked for me to share some more from the teaching experiences I have had so far, and I will certainly start posting some of what I have been apart of while at Barrie. To begin though, check out the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2016. I think it is a great example of what the Barrie community develops in their students and what a progressive education can accomplish.
I will be moving this week, and cannot wait to get started at Warner! Have a great week.
- 2007, Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, Section: Notes, Epigraph: 1, Quote Page 565, Location 10155, Simon & Schuster, New York. (Kindle Edition)