It is with mixed emotions that I share with you the news that this will be my last year at Vista Grande. (Ecstatic! Thrilled! Electrified!) To be truthful, I will miss my Voyager family and my larger PVPUSD family. This marks my 28th year in PVPUSD and my 36th year as an educator, having spent 8 years teaching in private schools. Each year has been a joyful adventure. PVPUSD allowed me to grow professionally, and provided the means for me to support my son. He, too, benefited from the outstanding education in PVPUSD. So much so, that he is married, successful in his career, has a home, and soon to make me a grandmother!
At the end of June I plan to move to my home in Bellingham, Washington where my parents and brother also live. I hope to spend long hours hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing in the Pacific Northwest. My home is 5 minutes from Lake Whatcom and 10 minutes from the ocean. There is a creek in my backyard, as well as a trailhead to Galbraith Mountain. The air is clean and the water tastes good right from the tap!
But this year isn’t over yet! There is still much to accomplish. We continue to work to improve student safety. Standardized testing is just around the corner for Grades 3-5. There are important assemblies, class presentations, and Outdoor Science School for the fifth grade. This is the very time of year that we see the most growth in our students. It is the culmination of months of instruction academically, behaviorally, emotionally and socially.
Thank you for allowing me to serve your children at this amazing school. Your impassioned teachers and dedicated parent volunteers will keep the Voyager ship sailing strong and true, even with a new captain at the helm.
I covet your ongoing support as we work through our final trimester together.