Simple Gifts

Christmas Party Pic
Pictured left to right: Gina Sellers, Kira Neal, Rachel Boykin, Kelly Stomps, Susan Sterling, and Deanna Harrison

 

“Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free,

‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be.”

As another chapter of this school year closes, the words of Joseph Brackett’s song, “Simple Gifts”, comes to mind. This school year has been filled with many amazing gifts. However, there is one “simple gift” that I find myself thinking of on this last school day of 2015- the gift of friendship.

Over the years, I have been blessed to have the friendship and encouragement of the students, parents, faculty, and staff of Woodlake Elementary School. I have also had the incredible support of the St. Tammany Parish School System. Not only have you helped me grow as a teacher, you have filled my days with song, laughter, and inspiration.

This year has also brought so many new friends into my life. From Dream Teachers to all of those at the Louisiana Department of Education, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you. With your friendship, I now find myself growing as an advocate and as a leader.

Although friendship may seem like such a “simple gift”, it is a powerful gift that keeps on giving. I will forever cherish the gift of our friendship. Together, we can make a difference.