This is the final installment of the Wednesday Envelope for this year - and, obviously, my final EMS Letter from the Head. Thank you for reading the Envelope and my letter each week. I have enjoyed hearing from you when you agree or disagree with my take on a certain topic and when you want to discuss the implications of a topic further. Education and child-rearing are complex, layered, abstract pursuits, and I have appreciated the opportunity to reflect on them with you from so many angles. I never expected, when I began writing weekly five years ago, that this space would become the conversation starter it has, and I thank you for engaging with me and these letters.
Writing every week has helped me build a stronger voice as an educator and a leader. I have often joked that I would have thought that I would have been more likely to have shared a spreadsheet of the week rather than a letter, such was my comfort zone. Nevertheless, the routine of observing all week, thinking all weekend, and writing first thing Monday morning has become a powerful and meaningful one for me. At times in the early years, I struggled to find topics to discuss; now, there are many themes that I have to leave unwritten for now since there are not enough Wednesdays. Thank you again for reading and engaging in this conversation and in the education of your children.
I wish you a relaxing, rejuvenating summer and the very best in the future. It has been a tremendous honor and a great responsibility leading EMS and working with those who inspire, challenge, and mold your children every day. I have enjoyed every minute of it and cannot wait to see the great things that are in store for EMS in the future. If you would ever like to be in touch with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to my personal email address. I would love to hear from you. It is now time for me to sign off. In the words of Edward R. Murrow, “good night and good luck.”