I’m sorry to share the news with you all that I’m leaving BSGE next year. I took a job at a different school called, The Clinton School for Writers and Artists, where I’ll be teaching 10th grade Government and Economics. To be clear, I’m not taking this job because I think this school is better than BSGE or that I am in any way unhappy with the teachers or students here, but after 11 years, I was looking for a new place that I thought I could spend a number of years working at.
Each year I’ve been working at BSGE I have had the privilege of teaching 7th grade. I have had an amazing experience of working with so many great groups of kids that I can’t find the words to express how fortunate I have been and how much I have enjoyed it. Most teachers have no idea how awesome it is to work with 7th grade, especially at BSGE because you’re all the hardest working, most caring, kindest, and most fun kids in the entire building.
I will miss the Team Geography Bee, going with you to Astoria Park and Alley Pond Park, having Advisory, obsessively buying books for my Advisory, bothering kids to return books to my Advisory, hearing my advisory ask every book talk presenter how many pages the book was, playing Jeopardy and watching you knock the markers off the table, criticizing your topic sentences, the BACC Rag, coaching the softball team, and a million other things I can’t think of right now.
I am really sad to leave because in addition to all of the above, I’ll be unable to see you all each and every day (no I wouldn’t have been your teacher but it’s a small school, you know, would have been hard to avoid me) and watch you all get older and think you’re too cool to talk to your 7th grade teacher (you won’t be too cool) and then hopefully get to teach you again in 12th grade Theory of Knowledge (an excellent course by the way). I’ve been lucky to have had as many years as I have had here because it is such a great school with so many great people. I will miss each and every one of you. I will take my experiences and knowledge with me wherever I go and I know you will all do the same.
You know my email address if you ever want to get in touch with me, I would love to hear how you’re doing. I’ll make sure to stop by next year so you can tell me in person.
Best of luck in the future,
P.S. I’m giving Mr. Mehan my entire Advisory library so if you want you can borrow books from him. If you owe me books, you know who you are, please return them to him.