It worries me greatly that too many educators, especially school leaders, seemingly can’t wait until the day they retire. Cometh the day, they throw their hands into the air, figuratively or literally shout “hooray” and rush away, never to look back on what they have left. They are just so glad that a career which many have become burdensome, is behind them.
That to me is so sad. How awful it must be for those who are soured to the extent of wanting distance between themselves and the years committed to the educational profession.
There have been challenging, indeed harrowing times for me during 40 plus years of service to education. Thankfully there have been great times and many celebrations to savour. In retirement I am glad to have give back opportunities to a profession that has offered me so much. In my post career thinking, I set the bad times to one side and remember the many satisfiers that came my way.
Others have helped me; now it is my turn to support others by sharing as those others shared their experiences with me. It is great to be in a give back period.