FCPS graduates and retirees alike look forward to new beginnings.
Last week, I shook the hands of nearly 3000 graduating seniors. And this week, I shook the hands of (or gave hugs to) many FCPS retirees. It is always hard to say goodbye! Yet, as I reflected on these ceremonies, the similarities between our high school graduates and retirees became intriguing.
Both groups are excited about independence. Our graduates look forward to being able to make more of their own decisions. Our retirees have a similar feeling as many noted the anticipation of "being able to do whatever I want!"
Both groups are anticipating, and a little nervous, about a new beginning. Many of our graduates and retirees will be moving to a new location. Many look forward to learning new things and exploring interests more deeply. They are all energized by the opportunities they have before them.
Both groups have fond memories of people within FCPS who touched their heart. The graduates readily shared stories about teachers, administrators, or support staff who impacted them in positive ways and made them believe in themselves. The retirees described memorable moments with students who validated their purpose and reminded them of the difference you can make in a student's life. Retirees also shared memories of colleagues who became valued friends and teammates.
It is always hard to say goodbye, but I am heartened to know that our graduates and retirees will carry FCPS in their hearts for years to come! And as I like to remind them, there are many ways they can continue to serve and support FCPS! So perhaps instead of goodbye, I should really think of it as "until I see you again!"
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