Teacher Appreciation · The Human Connection

Goodbye Until Tomorrow: An Open Letter To My Students

Dear students,

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close. This year was full of lessons learned, highs and lows, and more twists and turns than I can count. I’m choosing to focus on the positives of our year.

This was a year full of firsts. I joined a new school team, and you welcomed me with open arms. Some of you were new to the school and new to me. We learned how to communicate with each other, share with each other, and laugh with each other. You’ve taught me more than you’ll ever know.

To my Kindergartners, what a way to experience school for the first time. You helped me learn and laugh and taught me that digital learning can still be fun. You let your personalities shine no matter what, and kept me on my toes.

My elementary students, you have kept me creative and innovative all year. Your ideas for digital instruction never failed to impress me. You adapted so quickly and were so excited to see me once we started digital learning. Though it’s certainly easier to do speech therapy in person, you made my day whenever you were on my screen.

My secondary students, thanks for keeping me current. I learned about your favorite YouTubers, inside jokes, songs, and what was going on in your lives. You trusted me with stories of your days and plans for the futures. I am happy to be a part of your lives and educational experience. Thanks for helping me take my lessons beyond the classroom.

To my SLP friends and colleagues, I don’t know how you keep me sane but I’m grateful for it. Thanks for teaching me your strategies and talking me down many stressful days. Working together is the only way we can get through this profession.

To my special education teammates, you are all amazing. I don’t know how you do as much as you do. We laughed together, stressed together, assessed and treated students together, and completed another year together. I couldn’t do this job without you.

To my students’ families, thank you. This year began together in person, and is wrapping up together virtually. None of us have ever experienced anything like this, but we made it work. Thank you for all you do for your students. You took on a new role in this educational model, and that has not gone unnoticed.

I know we all need summer break and a break from screens. I look forward to seeing you soon, in whatever capacity that may be. Have a wonderful summer and know that I am here for you, however I can be.

Keep playing with words and see what your message creates,

Stef the StageSLP

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