Jackson Elementary School - Judith Kerrigan-Krodel and Michelle Gholl - 7.00 hours

Today was an emotional day-it was my last day at Jackson Prep! I feel so great about my time here, and the fact that I won't be seeing these lovely students' faces every Wednesday is certainly sad! The students and teachers surprised me with wonderful gifts, including a letter from each student! They were so lovely to look through and I will keep them forever. I am so touched!

I learned so much from my time here, both about myself and the world around me. I learned that I have a lot more patience than I ever thought. I learned that teaching is one of the most tiring and most rewarding jobs! Ms. Gholl and Ms. Kerrigan (and her awesome student teacher Ms. Becker!) taught me so many things about teaching and I can not thank them enough for it! I went into this semester knowing I would learn a lot, but never imagined I would learn and grow this much. 

I also learned a lot from the students! I learned that stopping and paying attention to the small things, such as the way the wind blows or the snow falling, is actually really beautiful and fascinating. I learned that no matter what the situation, there is always a silver lining. Children are so positive and it was wonderful being around them to remember how great the world can be!

Of course I hope to make it back before the school year ends at Jackson, but it is definitely a weird thought that I won't be back every Wednesday. I can't thank the teachers I worked with enough for allowing me to come into their classroom. I had an amazing time and will never forget this experience.