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Wednesday
Dec192012

A Love Letter to the TLC...

My Beloved TLC,

This feels a little like a "Dear John" letter. Like I should start off by saying, "It's not you, it's me." YOU, my TLC, are fabulous. Three years ago you were just this pipe dream that a few, unassuming island teachers fantasied about. Somehow you morphed into this cutting-edge, experience-rich, life line of a project that I know have touched and effected many lives and has completely changed mine. Actually, I think I do know how this amazing transition from dream to reality happened. It happened because of a lot of love for our island schools, a lot of hope for the future of our island kids, a whole lot of energy, persistent, desire, and hard work from a lot of very dedicated people. Now the TLC is it's own entity... with a strong following and support system and in my heart of hearts I believe that it can and will be sustained in our island schools for years to come.

 

That does not necessarily make leaving this project any easier for me personally. Anyone who has talked to me (or seen my facebook page!) over the last three years (this includes my friends, my relatives, islanders of all kind, the boat crew, my hairdresser, the nice grocery bagger at Hannaford's... you get the idea) has probably heard of the TLC and how much I adore this project. I would like to think of myself as one of it's biggest cheerleaders and that, my friends, will never change. What is changing, is that I will no longer be an active contributor to the project. I was lucky enough to be a founder and teacher participant for the first two years of the project and for the last six months I have LOVED working as a full-time "support-staff" for the TLC. But now, I transitioning to a full time cheerleader and follower of this work. It is off to some new adventures for me and as much as I know the time is right, and I am excited for the next leg of my journey, I can't tell you how much I will miss this work and the people within this group that I have grown to love so much.

 

The community of the TLC is great and now spans six island communities and includes many "landlubbers" members as well. I have met so many amazing parents, school board members, community members, and other fabulous TLC lovers who have made my life richer and brought so much energy and support to this project. Thank you to the TLC community who has given their time, support, and love to make the TLC what it is today. You are the backbone for keeping this work moving forward! I know it is all in good hands.

     

And then of course there are the teachers! Oh, the teachers! I am not sure if I will ever again have the opportunity to work with such a skilled, smart, fun, passionate, dedicated, and all around AMAZING group of educators. You all sure have raised the bar for what our society should expect out of our teachers. There is no doubt in my mind that I have become a smarter, kinder, more patient and confident, more dedicated and more worthy teacher because of you all. I have learned so much from you and no matter where I go in my professional path I will take those lessons with me and both my students and I will be better because of it. Many of you I have worked with for years and you have become much more than my colleagues and even more than my friends. You are my family and I love you so very much and know that you will be apart of my life for years to come.

 

     

And lastly, there are the students. The kids. MY kids. What an honor it has been to watch you all grow up with each other in this project. You are all so beautiful and kind and smart. I can't imagine having a better bunch of students to begin my teaching career with. You give me hope in this world and have given so much love to my heart. Thank you for your smiles and laughs and your energy. Thank for reminding me how important it is to be silly, to give hugs, to jump and dance! Thank you for loving my dog, for loving me, and loving eachother. I love each one of you to the moon and back and am so proud of who you are as students, leaders, and human beings.

 

So, fare thee well TLC. Remember to celebrate with eachother, dress up in costumes, make funny faces, organize flash mobs, make gifts for eachother, wear your t-shirts, skype and wiki your brains out, play capture the flag and FLASH, create conga-lines, give eachother hugs and kisses, take pictures, cuddle with dogs, listen to eachother, assume best intentions, grow, learn, belly laugh,... and most importantly...

NEVER STOP DANCING.

I carry you all in my heart. Please keep me in yours.


  

All my love and a million times more,

Jessie

 

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Ummm. We love you a little too and want to know why Millie was not featured in this post! Where is my girlfriend and next time I want her in the dance video.

Xoxoxox

cove Henry the TLC puppy

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCove Henry and dog dog

Kai's video respone to Jessie's last TLC dance party. Thumbs up Jessie!

http://youtu.be/LmfsNNv8DKk

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKai

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