John and I had went on our usual walk and we got caught in the rain. We ended up stopping in one of the restaurants to dry off and get lunch (actually had to go to the laundry mat and dry our shirts after that!) and I received a text from my student, Nehemie. She said my name was called over the announcements for some kind of award.
Turns out- it was for Teacher of the Year for my school, and the Dwyer nominee for the Senior High category. Yup, found this out when I took off from school...and was across the country!
I waited to make a 'public' announcement until I had a more concrete thing to share- like this lil' shoutout in the Principal's newsletter;
I created my daily art piece to celebrate this victory, turning the fallen ornaments into stars, shining their light down on the world they left behind. I am glad that this community was able to come together and create a positive memory for this date.
Artist and Art Teacher