My Final Prom #SOL2015 Day 17

I am in my last two months of my ninth and final year as the student council advisor. I have organized nine homecoming weeks, not quite 27 pep assemblies and spirit weeks, 18 blood drives, countless fundraisers, and 8 proms. I started as the advisor when my sons were in 7th grade and 4th grade; they are now a college junior and a high school senior. And I decided two years ago that my younger son’s senior year would be my last (I teach at the same high school my sons attend).

People–former students, my mom–think that I will miss it. They insist on every facebook post–I have a running list of “This was my last (fill-in-the-blank).” I have each event down to a science or a well-oiled-machine or any other cliche that means systematically organized. I am not retiring from teaching nor leaving my position, so my knowledge will be present next year but just not after school hours.

I will have to work hard to avoid the “that’s-not-the-way-it’s-done” thoughts, but I don’t expect it to be difficult to walk away. I am losing the stipend, but I’m also losing all the stress and I’m gaining a lot of free time. I look forward to reading In addition to lesson planning and grading, but, more importantly, I look forward to spending time with my family–my partners, my husband, and my two college sons. I’m not sure that I need to make up for nine years; I just know that it’s time to move forward. 

I will dance my last dance, and when the clock strikes midnight, I will neither leave behind a glass slipper nor turn into pumpkin. I’ll just live happily ever after.

2 responses to “My Final Prom #SOL2015 Day 17

  1. How funny. I just saw the latest Cinderella movie this afternoon. Yes, you will live happily ever after with out the pumpkin or a glass slipper. Dancing your last dance and taking care of yourself. How funny that other people think they know more about what you want or need.
    Here is to many hours spent with your family and yourself. And a thank you for all the hours you have spent guiding those who needed your wisdom and kind words.


  2. Of Course it will be hard to leave that behind, but it’s time to think about yourself now. They are lucky to have had you there as longest as they have! Enjoy exploring new interests.


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