February 8, 2013
Dear Fourth Grade Parents,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter. As you may know I suffered severe vision loss 2 ½ years ago during the birth of my daughter, Emeline. Through time, rehabilitation, and adaptations I was able to return to teaching part-time. I was overjoyed with the opportunity to continue the career that I love; hoping to impart a different perspective to the children at Long Meadow.
Over the last year and a half I have attempted to meet the demands of teaching. However, the challenge my limited vision presents has forced me to realize that these demands are more than I can handle. Therefore, I will be taking an indefinite medical leave effective February 15, 2013.
My number one concern as a teacher has always been to provide children with a quality educational experience that ignites a love of learning and creates a passion for reading. Through all the challenges my limited vision created in regard to grading, assessing, and maintenance of day-to-day paperwork, this goal has never been compromised.
Making the decision to leave has been tremendously difficult for me and leaving mid-year is far from ideal. I love the relationship that I have built with your children and am truly saddened that I won’t be a part of their continued growth as a fourth-grader. I am grateful for the time I have spent with your children. They are remarkable individuals. Despite all the challenges I have faced, they have made every day gratifying.
Katie Kilgore, Lucinda Salmon’s student teacher will be taking over my half of the job-share with Mrs. Reich. Many of your children already have a relationship with Miss Kilgore, and I am confident in her abilities. Mrs. Reich will continue to be a consistent and supportive presence for your children and Miss Kilgore in this transition.
Thank you for your on-going support and understanding. Please know that I care very deeply about your children and am sincerely grateful to have been a part of their education.