Hamrick Friday Focus

5-19-17

Thank You!!!!!

As I told all of you this morning, last night I was named the principal at Bierbaum Elementary in Mehlville. Being a head principal has always been a goal of mine and I am excited about the chance to see if I can hang or not.


I always thought I would be really pumped when I got a principal job. And to a degree I am, but I also have this lingering feeling of sadness. I am sad to leave so many amazing people that I get to work with. When I left Lone Dell I thought to myself there is no way I can have what I had at Lone Dell with any other school. They were my family. They were at my wedding, there for my kids being born, etc. However, when I came to Hamrick all of you were so incredibly open and willing to let me create relationships with you. I am now sitting here hoping I can build the types of relationships and friendships as I have here at Hamrick.


I also want to thank Liz. She has been a really amazing person for me to work with. I am not sure if anyone knows this but Liz and I are different in many ways but that is what has made us have such great work partners. She has made me feel like an equal from the beginning. She has trusted me to have responsibility (even when I screwed things up). I have learned more these two years in education than my 9 previous ones combined.


Finally, I am sad to leave these kids. I worry so much about our kids. So many of kids need champions. They need adults to love them and care about them. You guys do that for them. We don't get the convenience of just teaching here at Hamrick. Sometimes we have to be mother, father, psychologist, physician, and counselor to these kids. What is great about it is everyday you come to school and make these kids lives better. Your work has purpose. Purpose can allow for some amazing things to happen. There is a quote that I think embodies what we do here at Hamrick:


I am realistic enough to know I can't save every kid

but

I am optimistic enough to wake up everyday and try.


I will miss you all more than you know. If I can ever do anything for you please do not hesitate to ask me.