Sun, Mar 9, 2014
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Friends of Herron High School,
Last week, I had one of those bittersweet moments that happen to all of us. My husband and I journeyed to southern Indiana to attend the funeral of a dear friend. I went through my usual internal argument that I really had too much work to do at school, yet I knew I should attend. I am so grateful that I did.
I had taught the children of our friend and many of their extended family and friends. It seemed that the entire church was filled with either my former students or my former colleagues. It truly was one of those full circle moments.
After the service, I had the opportunity to talk with many of my former students. We shared stories and funny memories. What struck me later was that many of them had become educators. They were proud to talk about their students and the work they were doing. One student had become an English teacher, and she shared with me how she was still using some of her notes that she had taken in my class. Another student had just been promoted to assistant principal. He talked about how he had made the tough decision to leave the classroom and that he hoped he would impact more students in his new role.
Despite the sad reason we all had gathered together, I saw such pride and real joy in them as they talked about their careers and their own children. I shared stories about my own family and how Herron High School was thriving.
That afternoon has stayed in the forefront of my mind all week. As educators, we know that we are impacting the lives of our students, but we often do not get to see what becomes of our students. To see that my former students had grown up to be caring, responsible and happy adults was wonderful, but to learn that many of them had chosen to become educators was completely heartwarming.
This is the year our inaugural class will graduate from college. Several of them will become educators. A life as an educator will not produce great monetary wealth, but becoming an educator guarantees a life that holds a wealth of satisfaction.
Janet H. McNeal
Head of School
Complete newsletter here: 03.08.2014