Tuesday, August 18, 2009

a day away

Lauren and I went to Nixa today to do some visiting! Our first stop was to see my friend Cara at her new office. Cara and I taught 4th grade together for 3 years and had some very memorable times. She is the new Assistant Principal at the 5-6 building and they are so lucky to have her! This girl is a loyal friend with passion and a heart of gold, plus she is a gifted educator. We had fun talking about her future plans for decorating her office! Isn't she the cutest?

Our next stop was to drop by and see Shari. When I student taught, Shari was my cooperating teacher. I had the best experience and learned so much more than just how to teach from this lady. She is kind, compassionate, wise, and wonderful. Isnt' she the cutest? P.S. Check out how her wall says - SHARI. Isn't that crazy. I don't know what it actually said but I thought that was funny!

Then, Lauren and I went to see Clark, Shari's husband. I had some things to drop off for Megan and it was Clark's birthday so we had to take him a pecan roll from Panera! Yummy!

After that we stopped by Alysia's new office. She is the new Assistant Principal for two k-4 buildings and they are so lucky to have her. She will spend two full days at one and then three full days at the other. I was soo proud of her because when I got there she was getting herself organized with binders. I feel like I have grown her up right! She will be an excellent principal. She is clear cut and confident, very motherly, and a wonderful friend. Isn't she the cutest?

Our last stop was to see Tammy, Leslie, and Kelly. I can't believe I forgot to get a picture with these ladies. I was so bummed. It was so good to see their super cute rooms. When you walk into their classrooms you feel so welcomed. It is obvious that learning will take place, but you also know it is gonna be fun. I want teachers like them for Lauren.

Tammy, Leslie, and I worked together with Cara and Alysia. I don't know if any of us truly realized at the time just how special our team was. We were colleagues who cared about each other's successes but more than that we were (and still are) friends. Kelly, we have just adopted you into the group! Crazy Kelly fits right in :)

My girls, I am thinking of you as you start a brand new school year. I know the work you have put in so far. Many hours that have been expected of you. Extra hours that you have logged because you are passionate about your profession. Tomorrow you will meet your kids...whether that is 20 or 200. I know that you will love each of them. I know you will make them feel they are welcome and oh so important. I know you will work your tails off and go home tomorrow night with aching legs and a headache. I want you to know how proud I am of each of you. I have seen you guys in action. How lucky are the kids under your wings. I love you all dearly!


  1. Thank you Jen. It was so good to see you today!

  2. Come by and see me sometime too! Not too many people left at Mathews from the good ole days though!

  3. Yes, thank you so much for the visit...it was just what I needed :). Love you!

  4. Your visit made my day!! How thoughtful and sweet of you to take a whole day to make the rounds. It's been the highlight of my week!

  5. Jen it was so good to see you! I appreciate that you came by and brought the little cutie pie too! You're right...we really did have something special with Tammy, Leslie, and Cara. I love all you girls!