As I visited buildings this week to observe principals, many people came up to congratulate me on my retirement. It resulted in an odd situation as I had not really thought of it as calling for congratulations. My response was thank you, but it feels a little bittersweet, whatever that means. For me, I'm learning that it means that I believe I have made the right decision, but it is also one that will result in significant loss in my life; a loss that will be difficult to fill with the same rewarding experiences that come with being superintendent of this wonderful school system.
Our transition plan will result in the journey continuing as we create cultures focused on teacher growth and increased student achievement. I am proud of what we have created and to our continued focus on adult learning and look forward to the remaining opportunities to support learning and growth. From time-to-time I'll share a few more of the lasts and how I'm learning to work through that odd feeling.