Thank you, Morris
Throughout my life, countless students, with no small amount of pride, have told me about the various teachers they've "scared away" from their schools and careers. Although my absence this fall among the Morris Area High School faculty might come as a surprise to some of you, please know that this was definitely not the case with me.
Over the course of this all-too-fleeting summer, I've had a number of students, parents, and faculty members ask me about why I had to make the decision to leave. I assure you this wasn't an easy one, and I would be lying if I said I won't always carry with me a big "what if" about your school and community. Unfortunately, financial and family obligations were the deciding factors. I feel a large amount of remorse in relaying that to your community, but especially to your sons and daughters, whom I consider myself immensely lucky to have known. No student of mine was ever a disappointment. Every time one of them tells me they'll miss me this year, they cannot fathom how strongly that feeling is reciprocated.
Because my departure was so sudden, I never had an opportunity to truly thank your compassionate administration, your expert and inspiring faculty, your supportive parents, and your awe-inspiring students. I hope you all realize the great gifts you have around you. If I've left anyone with a fraction of the inspiration that you gave me daily, my brief tenure was profoundly worth it.
Kansas City, Mo.
P.S.--Hey students, did you notice how I correctly began a sentence with "Because?" That one's for you!