Stevie: Wait, what are we doing?
Me: We're going to point at the camera.
Me: Less talk, more pointing!
It was the final day of the school year yesterday, and as is our tradition, Stevie and I headed to the backyard with glasses and a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
It was my fifth year, meaning for the first time, I taught a class through all five levels of the German program, meaning saying goodbye to my seniors was a lot more emotional than I expected it to be. I will genuinely miss them when I return in September and for the first time since meeting them five years ago, they will not be in my class.
Technically, this was my strongest year yet. In the new review system, implemented three years ago, I earned a 3.5 out of 4, my highest score ever, which just barely classified me as a "highly efficient" teacher.
But a single number doesn't tell the whole story, of course, and to be honest I don't feel highly efficient. Ever since my son Neale was born, I've felt off and struggling to keep up with school work. Now that he's older, and I have a better grasp on fatherhood, I'm looking forward to next year and making improvements all across the board.
Next year is going to be pretty intense. Stevie and I are kicking off the year with a half marathon in September (her first). In October Stevie is acting in a two-woman show called Night, Mother. We are possibly returning to the Keys during Christmas break, I am running my second Boston Marathon in April, and in June I'm leading another trip to Germany with my students.
But for now... summer!