Last spring, one of my dearest school friends retired. Truthfully, I had been dreading that day for several years. There are an abundance of qualities to love about her. For example, she is one of the funniest people I know; plus, she can sing and play the guitar! She and I are very different people, however, when it comes to teaching styles. There have been many times we have butted heads about philosophy or best practice. One of the great strengths of our relationship was always our ability to compromise. We both have a great deal of respect for the other, and we listen. She has made me a better educator.
There are many colleagues I treasure and hold close to my heart. I think we all need those people to keep us accountable and call us out on the carpet if we need it.
On Day 2, I'm thankful for my tribe!