To my 1663 students,
Thanks for your curiosity, diligence, excitement, and honesty;
for making me laugh and asking me hard questions;
for your unwavering kindness.
Thanks for trusting me;
for sharing your joys and difficulties;
for letting me witness your growth--as students and as people.
Thanks for experiences I treasure (always);
relationships I continue to cultivate;
and memories I hold close to my heart
(these tears I shed are not of sadness, but of deep gratitude).
Thanks for living your lives out loud (even if it feels like a whisper right now);
thanks for changing the world, just by being you;
thanks for everything.
After 14 years, I leave with a grateful heart and a smile on my face.