As many of you know from Facebook or my post from New York, I’m leaving my hometown, my city by the bay, San Francisco. I’m off in search of newness, excitement, a challenge and a new chapter in my life, all in the big bad city of New York. I officially told my advisory class today about my move. With a heavy heart, I told them that I was not going to be there for their senior year, that someone new would be the one to have the privilege to hand them their diplomas. I have seen these kids grow and I have grown alongside them. It was my first day of teaching and their first day of high school. My advisory class of 35 has shrunk down to 21 students over the years, many have transfered schools, moved or dropped out. But these 21 kids…it’s hard to explain how I feel I about them. I’ve written letters of recommendations, heard about their relationship woes, they’ve schooled me on teenage trends and they’ve laugh at me and with me. I’m going to miss them. Hopefully someone will Facetime with me next year when they walk the stage so I can cheer on from afar.
Word is spreading around school that Ms. Schenck will not be at Marshall next year. Some kid asked me, “So does this mean we can add you on Facebook now?”