Friday, June 15, 2012

I love being a teacher...

I have had the honor of working with the same group of kids for two years. Tuesday my 8th graders graduated. It was a very rewarding and sad day. I always hope that I make a positive impact on my students lives, but this letter I received from a mom affirmed that I am doing something right!

Ms. Nickel, 
Where do I begin to thank you for all you've done for Sarah? You are a phenomenal teacher! How do I know? From all the stories Sarah tells me about your class and everything in between. 
When you send your kids out into the world on that first day of kindergarten, you realize other adults will begin to influence your kid just as profoundly as you do. You are all I could hope for in an adult that interacts with Sarah as much as you have. Your influence, nurturing guidance, humor and strength have influenced Sarah to become the wonderful person she is today. I am grateful for all your love and encouragement you have shown her. I am confident she will never forget you. 
Thank you for modeling that smart, funny, and strong women who speak their minds, and are confident, are positive influences on others. 
Have a great summer. Know you made a difference to me and my daughter.

This is why I teach. This is why I love what I do and hope to always have the opportunity to touch peoples lives in a positive way. It is so nice to have these positive affirmations.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Visiting Indiana soon...

I am so happy to say that we will be making our first summer road trip the week after Father's Day! John, Megan, and I will be in for about 5 days and we hope to see many of you. We will let you know when we have final plans made.

Our first set of stitches...

On April 15th Megan and John were at a bowling birthday party with daddy. I got a call that Megan fell and that she would probably need stitches.
She was a real trooper. John handled things well (thank goodness Brandy was here) and bought Meggie presents at the gift shop while she got 4 stitches under her chin. Tim and I snuggled with her before, during, and after. She didn't like the papoose that they had to use to restrain her, but it was the right choice to use.

Even in pain, she is beautiful!