Today is a bittersweet day as my teaching partner, mentor, and cherished friend Susan Lester retires.  It is truly a rare gift to have had the honor to teach and learn side by side with someone whose spirit of inquiry, collaboration, innovation, passion, and teamwork.

We made each other better teachers, and consequently, our students were the ones who benefited from our collaborative efforts. What a journey of learning we have shared together. I have been incredibly blessed to team with such a lovely person and talented teacher, and I hope somehow, our career paths will intertwine again. We have experienced some magical and powerful moments together the last few years, and I feel damn lucky to have been part of it.

We always joked we wanted to go out of Creekview together, and I’m glad we are now actually ending our time there together. While I am feeling weepy that our time as we’ve known it together is ending, I am also happy and excited for both of us as kindred spirits embark on new paths that will hopefully intersect as teachers once more down the road.  Congratulations on your retirement, Susan–you are a teacher and friend for the ages.