Even after 20+ years of teaching, graduation season serves as a reminder of what it’s all about. Seeing the 2021 graduates walk the halls of their former elementary schools in their caps and gowns reminds me that THIS is what we are working towards. We are working together as a team of elementary, middle, and high school teachers to help students reach this milestone of High School Graduation.
I love Penn Manor’s tradition of having former students parade around in their caps and gowns while younger students look up to them as if they were famous youtubers or TikTok sensations! Having the little ones see the graduates reminds them what it’s all about as well.
Having former students visit their elementary school classrooms and their teachers is a win win. Students reminisce about the wonderful memories they made and teachers get to see first hand the fruits of their labor. Hearing students refer to our gifted classroom as their favorite place in the school, the place they learned to be who they are, and the place they found their voice reminds me of the value of my work. Yes, I teach content. But above all, I teach students to listen to their voices, to get to know who they are, and to be their best selves.
Congratulations class of 2021! I wish you all a lifetime of learning!