Posted by: J Pick on Tue, May 1, 2007
Mr. Jeff's announcement of his departure from CBTSS
May 1, 2007
It is with a mixed bag of sadness, excitement, tears, and adventure that I formally announce my departure from Calvary by the Sea Montessori School upon the conclusion of this school year (I might work during the first three weeks of Summer School).
The journey takes me to Portland, Oregon, where I will spend one year earning my Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Diploma. Despite already having an American Montessori Society (AMS) Primary Diploma, a Master of Education, and a State of Hawai'i Teaching License, the time has arrived for me to acquire the empirical teacher training - philosophy and pedagogy - as designed by Dr. Maria Montessori nearly one hundred years ago. This impenetrable foundation is the career bedrock I have sought and it will serve me well in the future as a Montessori teacher, administrator, trainer of teachers, and lifelong advocate.
Much like the three-year cycle your children experience in the classroom, so too have my three years at Calvary been ascending steps of personal and professional growth. From an intern/substitute turn assistant, my presence and contribution to the school community has gone from that of an ardent amateur to an assertive professional.
Words cannot convey my deepest appreciation to all of the staff, parents, and children who have nurtured these last three years in the various forms it took. Truly, Calvary by the Sea Montessori School has been the greatest school I could imagine for the launch of my career in early childhood education.
Recently, while observing the busy playground at afternoon pick-up, a few parents have asked me, "How do you do it?" that is, care for their child(ren) and the others, all day, five days a week. Well, simply put, each of us has our calling. This is mine. I love it.
The children will be told of my departure during the last week of school. I will spend a few moments in each classroom to announce and explain. If questions are posed, they will be answered.
And so, this is goodbye, for now, but hopefully not forever. Hawai'i is in my blood.