I have been retired from teaching since June of 2011, when I had to retire when my husband was dying from cancer. I was not ready to retire, as I had taught only 37 years, and I wanted to stay at least 40 years. I loved school! One of the reasons I enjoyed my career so much was the great staff of friends I worked with. My building was just for 9th and 10th grade students, and we had a large student population and staff. Teachers, paras, clerical staff, and all other support staff worked together and formed great and lasting friendships. Many of those friends have not seen each other in the past several years, all because of COVID. That is about to change! I am currently working with a few other retired staff members to plan a reunion picnic for our retired group. After sending out just one group email, I have received so many responses and phone calls, prompting many memories and lots of laughs. My heart is uplifted!
Reconnecting with others is something that many folks desperately need right now. After so many long months of isolation, getting back to longtime friends is like returning to the arms of a loving family after a long trip away from home.
I hope you can reconnect with someone from your list of longtime friends. I promise your heart will feel happier!
Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required reading. Signed copies are available www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics.
I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books. Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self. However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book. I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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