I got a last day of school phone call from my daughter Andrea from Boise, Idaho Wednesday afternoon. She was driving home after the last-day-of-school-festivities. She’s a first year French teacher a Sage International Baccalaureate School. Let me clarify–she’s in her first year of teaching at Sage; she had taught French at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara CA for about seven years before having her first child and before moving to Boise last summer.
What was so important about this call???? She had been selected as teacher of the year, being nominated by her 10th grade students. She loves teaching and had two excellent French teachers when in high school herself. Those teachers were her role models and mentors. As exciting as this year was, teaching in an IB school in a new community, it was also a difficult year. A student in one of her classes had attempted suicide on the last day of spring vacation in February which totally devastated her as well as the other teachers and students. The student was able to return to school about three weeks before the term ended for the summer much to everyone’s relief. The way the school came together, supporting each other, was amazing and has created a fresh exciting environment for all, with new programs offering support for everyone. What a learning tool!
As the award was being announced, Andrea heard this attribute and that attribute for the teacher who had been selected. Around the fourth or fifth attribute though, she began to think: Oh-my-gosh-they’re-talking-about-ME!
All that said, here’s the card I’m mailing to her in honor of her accomplishment:
Everything used on the card is retired except the Daffodil Delight and Whisper White card stocks and the Congrats Thinlit, from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. Also the Layering Ovals Framelits are current. I also used up my last remnant of the beautiful, much loved Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.
I wanted to create a unique card that expressed my joy for my daughter in her accomplishment. And my desire was to use certain elements (her 8-9 year old photo and the Paris is the Spring stamp set) and yet not have the card look totally un-thought-through. Yes, this mom must brag a bit and I hope you understand and maybe even celebrate with me.