It is never easy to say good bye. As you may know I will be retiring at the end of the year. For the past twelve years I have had the honor and privilege to serve P.S. 153, first as an assistant principal and the as principal.
Being an educator is truly a calling. As teachers, we know the quality of education children receive will help determine their future. This knowledge along with state tests, an extensive curriculum, and large class sizes make this a challenging profession. Fortunately, it is also one of the most rewarding.
When I taught in parochial school, I had a poster on my door of smiling children which said, "God's biggest blessings are little ones." It is a quote that I have carried in my heart ever since. Over the years I have been blessed in different ways by our students. The strugglers have shown me perseverance, the misbehaving students have taught me patience, and the students who have physical and learning disabilities have reminded me never to put limits on what children can accomplish when given enough time and support.
Our staff in turn have been, and continue to be, a blessing to the students they teach. The children who are learning, the children who are mastering mathematical concepts, the child who is helped to emerge from his/her shell, the refuge provided for students in need, and the community of learners created and nurtured are due to the care, devotion, and dedication of our teachers. I am proud of their accomplishments which have made a huge and memorable difference in the lives of the children they teach.
Our school has also been blessed with involved and supportive parents. Many, many parents are willing to volunteer their time to lend a hand where ever and whenever it it needed. This support is invaluable to our students. It makes our school community stronger and I am so appreciative of their efforts.
As I look back on my time here, I am so grateful for our staff and our students. They have made it a pleasure to come to work every day. I will always remember my time at P.S. 153 with fondness, and leave wishing our students a bright and successful future.