Hey everyone! This is just to let everyone know that I will be mailing out the books this week! Sorry, things have been super-busy (moving out of my classroom, grading 80 essays, facilitating mock job-interviews for my students)...thank you all for your patience, and I will be converting the e-file version(s) very soon as well! For the top-tier rewards, I decided to include 4x6" photos of my three class periods (a 8x10" photo of just one class is a little too big/weird...sorry!).
As many of you already know, I won't be returning to the school where I teach next year, due to circumstances beyond my control (my status as a long-term substitute/non-contracted teacher)...it's been very bittersweet seeing my kids enjoy my class so much, and then having to say goodbye. A lot of them have been stopping by as I've been packing up to give their farewells. Although I was in a similar place last year, something in my gut is telling me that my time here at this school is coming to an end. To quote one of my students in his story about saying goodbye to a friend... "This f____ing sucks."
What is next for Mr. Chen? I have no idea. I'm in the process of looking for full-time teaching jobs in other districts. Job opportunities don't look very good for teachers right now either. Regardless, I will never forget this school, nor will I ever forget these students. I'm tearing up as I realize that these are the last couple of days I will spend with these great kids.
I am still amazed at how generous and caring all of you have been through your support and encouragement. I know that my students will never forget the impact YOU have made in their lives when they read their books. Thank you for making a difference in both their lives and my own life!