So while my students were so disappointed, I was just fine with the news. We have new challenges to face, new ideas (and old ones) to explore, and new things to learn. We are on to the next adventure; thank you for believing and thank you for voting for us.
So what do you think when you see you are no longer in the running to win The Great American Teach Off? Bummedness at first, after all $10,000 is almost half my net salary and would go an incredibly long way in my school, but then something else… relief. You see, who would want to be at their most innovative 4 years into their teaching career? Who would want to peak at such a young age when I have so many years of teaching still left in me? I hope that when I am 70, I can look back at my years of teaching and see the change, the progress.