What an amazing two years it has been. When I look back to where you started in September of 2012 I could never have guessed the growth that would occur. We have had so many amazing moments and memories that will forever be embedded in our minds.
As a group you challenged each other to be better human beings, you accepted each other's flaws, quirks and unique qualities. You created a sense of family that I have not felt in years past - you were there for each other day in and day out. I could not be more proud of each of you and who you have become. There were so many days that you inspired me to be a better teacher.
All of you have added something special to my life and I am so thrilled that I was able to be a part of this.
To Skywalker - I learned so much about basketball over the past two years but more importantly about the need to laugh each and every day.
To Betty, Judy and Nicole - You reminded me of the importance of having great friends as they are there through thick and thin. I hope to see your friendship continue to grow and flourish. You also inspired me to move outside my comfort zone and be willing to fall down once in awhile. Each of you is the epitome of persistence.
To Alison, Slapshot and Tak - you inspired me to learn more and to always be inquisitive and curious. You helped me to see things in new ways and challenged me to reach further for answers. Alison - you also reminded me that there is nothing better than a great hug - I will miss these tremendously.
To Scott, Joob and Holly - you reminded me daily that I need to talk less and listen more. Being quiet once in awhile is so very important as it gives people a chance to actually hear what others are saying.
To Hermione - you inspired me to take chances. When you first arrived in grade 6 you barely spoke a word. Through taking risks you learned a new culture, a foreign language, and developed deep friendships along the way.
To Jazzy - you taught me about perseverance. You taught me to be open to listening to others, to seeking out help to improve and to continue to try no matter what. You also inspired me daily with your selflessness!
To Park and Artemis - you had so much patience when working with all your peers. You reminded me to take a breath when I was feeling frazzled as everyone deserves patience when learning new things.
To Dragon Slayer - you taught me to love the world unconditionally and without judgement. You see the good in everyone and feel the world's troubles to your very core. Your wish to have everyone get along is an excellent example for others.
It is time for me to say farewell and push you out of the nest. I wish you all the very best as you carry on your path of life. I look forward to watching your progress through high school - and believe me I will be keeping an eye on you so make me proud :)
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.