Well…..here we are. We are one day away from the last full day of school! My 11 year old is taking exams and my kindergartener is watching movies and having Fun Day today. Why is 5K such an ‘end of an era’ time? It is supposed to be the beginning, right? Why do I feel so much older because I don’t have a pre-schooler or kindergartener? I mean really…it’s not like they are graduating High School! But still, it DOES feel like an end of an era. I have been a Pre-School/Kindergarten mom for 11 years. After Friday, that season of my life is over. I guess if you haven’t been in this same situation, it’s a bit hard to understand! Regardless of any bittersweet feelings I have, I know I am sure of two things: 1) I am so thankful to God for giving me 2 healthy children who can go to school, learn and have fun! I am so thankful they enjoy school as well! Which leads me to my 2nd thing…2) I am SO thankful for good teachers!
Claire’s teacher this year is about to close out her first year of teaching post Clemson! I’ll admit, my mommy doubt snuck in when I found out this would be her first year of teaching. Here we are in August 2014 at ‘Meet The Teacher’. ‘Would she be too hard?’, ‘Would she be too relaxed?’, ‘Would these kids smell her fear?’ (ha!). Once again, God was looking out for my sweet Claire and placed her in the most perfect of classrooms. Miss Fortner has been such a blessing to Claire and to me! She is loving, passionate about her work and her ‘babies’ and allows these children to crave learning! Claire has a natural curiosity for things but Miss Fortner truly perfected her curiosity and allowed to to lay a fabulous foundation. Claire is reading at a beginning 2nd Grade level! Claire’s writing has improved so very much since the first day of school! And, Claire can read so well! I can say with confidence, these milestones were met and exceeded due to Miss Fortner. She has been transparent with me as a parent. Transparency in the classroom is so vitally important! I feel as if I am there at school with Claire!
I could go on and on but I will say this. Good teachers are so very hard to find; GREAT teachers are even harder to find! If you have a good teacher, and especially if you have a GREAT teacher, tell them! Tell them how thankful you are to them! Tell them because we all know, teachers are NOT paid enough! So, ‘Thank You’ Miss Fortner for being YOU! Thank you for loving on my Claire and all the other ‘friends’ who walk through your door every morning! Thank you for being mom to them when someone hurts their feelings or they just need a hug! Thank you for making learning fun!
We are forever blessed to have you in our lives!
(By the way, each student introduced themselves at the 5K Graduation and stated what they wanted to be when they grew up. My girl said, ‘My name is Claire Loftis. When I grow up, I want to be a Photographer!’ Atta girl, baby doll! Atta girl!)