Let the celebrations begin!
Sharon and I met at 8:45 for a short walk at the river before the humidity made it totally impossible and before we met at Strawberry Place with Chels, Alison and her newly married partner, Sarah.
First walking, talking and shooting and then eating and more talking!
Chelsea is expecting her first baby at the end of next month and she is feeling the heat wave as she wobbles in and out of air conditioning.
Around the table, 5 teachers- all three of our students have taken up our passion and made it theirs and given the toxic atmosphere for teachers today, their mettle will be tested in ways that Sharon and I never had to deal with. Just in the few hours at Strawberry Place where we devoured plates of waffles, omeletts and pancakes, and I interviewed Alison and Sarah about their experiences as teachers in Charter Schools and sadly it’s what I expected. Where teachers are led by educators and respected for their passion in a community of learners, schools succeed but in a non union world, the leadership determines a school community.
I am hopeful that these three new teachers can remain in their classrooms and finish as Sharon and I did, loving every minute of it and meeting their students for waffles and strawberries and conversation along their travels.