Thank you. These two words don’t seem like enough when I think about all the ways you have been there for me and my family over the past 33 years, but they’ll have to do. Thank you for being the safe place that allowed me to learn and grow as a student as well as the place that supported and loved me as a teacher. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus that ministered to me and my family when things were tough. It was never in my plans to leave to go somewhere else to teach/work, but it is actually because of the mentors and teachers I’ve had at WNA that I know what it looks like when God’s call on your life requires you to step out of your comfort zone and rely and trust FULLY in HIM. I’m going to miss SO many things about teaching here…the yummy (free) lunches, Spirit Week, Christmas and May Day programs, Teacher Appreciation Week (aka fabulously spoiled weekJ), the list goes on and on. But what I’m going to miss the MOST is the family that is WNA. The family that finds former students coming back to pop in to say, “Hi!” and to give their favorite 4th grade teacher a hugJ. The family that is there for families who need love and support when things are tough. The family that shines Jesus’ light as best they can. These are the things that my heart will miss the most as I leave the comfort of this place that has, literally, been where I’ve spent the most formative years of my life.
Over the years, I have seen people leave as they follow God’s call to other places, and God has shown He has always been in control by bringing others to WNA who have been led here by Him. Some have served for a short season, and others for longer (like me). Because WNA is first and foremost GOD’S ministry, I leave knowing He will continue to further His ministry with the people He has called. WNA will always have a special place in my heart and I will carry all of you wherever I go.