It was my last day of student teaching at Edgewood Elementary, which I had heard was sometimes more sentimental than triumphant! This somewhat proved to be true.
I was student teaching Kindergarten through 5th grade general music and 5th grade chorus. The teaching schedule went like this: 5th grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, lunch, Kindergarten, 1st grade, then 2nd grade.
As I was teaching my last kindergarten class, they finally realized that it was my last day! We had a great last class, and I proceeded with the rest of my day until my last class, 2nd grade. I had managed to hold it together up until now!
Then I heard a knock at the door of the classroom. I opened it, and outside was my previous kindergarten class. Their teacher said, “They wanted to thank you properly!”
They all proceeded to give me a card made out of poster board that was bigger than they were, and every one lined up to give me a big hug! They had all signed the card and drawn instruments on it.
Even as I went back in the next 2 years or so, they all still recognized me… especially my kindergartners!
“A Proper Thank You” was written by Julianna Michalik.
Julianne Michalik is the vocal music director at Kutztown Area High School as of this past school year. The previous story occurred while she was attending Westminster Choir College obtaining her undergraduate degrees in Piano and Music Education.