Last Friday was the big day. I managed to leave the building without turning into a blubbering mess, and now am sitting at home reflecting over a glass of wine (maybe a couple of glasses). For the last two weeks, I've been showered with warm wishes, nice notes, gifts, parties, hugs, and flowers. After 24 years in the same school, I left-- turned in the key, peeled snapshots of my students off the bulletin board, cleaned out the desk, grabbed my coffee cup. The retirement has been awesome, and I now have a collection of tips to make yours great too (if you are working as an SLP in the schools)
1. Make sure you work for a wonderful school.
2. Make sure you work with a wonderful team of talented, but friendly and supportive SLPs.
3. Love the kids, but also appreciate the parents. "There but for the grace of God go I."
I guess it all comes down to this: If you find the right school, work with the right team, and love the people with whom you interact, you will love retirement when the time is right. I leave with no regrets, no bitterness, only happy memories, and am looking ahead to new adventures both in the speech world and in life.
I WILL continue blogging, by the way, and have a clearer, freer mind to make new materials. Come back soon!
I do love the parents, and one wrote this awesome article about me in the paper. Check it out!
My hair looks a bit wind swept in the picture, ha ha. This article was great in that it told the community that we all make a difference in the lives of kids. That works for me.