Last week felt like the first week of school all over again. With tears not out of exhaustion or stress but for loosing a beloved co-worker to another campus due to surplussing. It's been a tough blow for our whole team. We had been talking all year about how much we love working together and even though we are all so different it works somehow & works really well.
|our team minus one who is at home on maternity leave!|
As difficult as it is, I feel like it is already stretching us all to become better teachers. Sue was our go to person for ideas, supplies, books, teaching materials, you name it. She was a wealth of knowledge as she has over 20 years of teaching experience. But now we are having to take what we learned from her last year and start using that to help each other grow.
We had to split her class among the remaining 6 teachers which means we all have larger class sizes and all got new kiddos. I had four new kiddos added to my class so there has been a lot of reviewing of expectations and procedures, thus a feeling of first week of school tired all over again. My class is sweet and I know we are going to have a good year together -- but its been a lot of work getting the four adjusted to our class.
Our team was/is big on food. We create big spreads of homemade goodness for birthdays, thank yous and now "we hate to see you leave" lunches. We also are known to bring in treats for no reason at all. And the day after our sweet co-worker learned that she'd been surplussed she brought in bagels (with pumpkin cream cheese spread I might add!). That is just a peek into how nice and thoughtful she is.
I know we will be fine and will have to adjust to running only 6 sets of copies instead of 7 but it sure isn't fun to have unwelcomed changes to your work family.