“In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less. Passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and highest responsibility anyone could have.”
For the past thirty years I have been blessed to serve in what I consider to be the greatest profession on earth, education. I count among my blessings the privilege to have served for eight years as principal of Dodgen Middle School. The pathway that led me to Dodgen has taken me through three districts and seven schools. At each stop along the way, I have laughed a lot and cried some, too; made friends, and tried to find common ground with those who were not so friendly; and, of course, I learned more than I taught.
Life itself is a journey; and a short one at that. Most of you know by now that I plan to retire this June. I will forever treasure the relationship I have with the Dodgen community, and cannot begin to express my appreciation for the trust you have placed in me over the years. I look forward to Dodgen’s continued success for many years to come as a new administration works with the most outstanding teaching staff in the world.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up.” I am not a big fan of his art, but I can’t argue with his sentiment. Looking at the world as if through the eyes of a child is the best perspective as far as I am concerned. Don’t forget what it was like to be a kid. I guess this explains why I started out as an art teacher thirty years ago, and plan to get back to art (pottery in particular) when I retire. My goal is to create the perfect coffee cup, and then use it. I am sure from time to time I will post updates on my new “career” on Facebook. If you don’t know what Facebook is, ask your kid. Old folks like me are taking it over and that’s something that really irritates the kids.
I’ll see you around town.