Friday, May 17, 2013
As we finish up the year, I have very mixed feelings. It is a time to celebrate our students’ successes and growth and also say goodbye to our outgoing 5th grade class. This year is especially bittersweet because we will also say “Good Luck” to two of our teachers that have been at Flatirons for many years. As you may know, Bonnie Coffey (4th grade) and Mary Van Allen (Literacy and Special Education) will be retiring at the end of the school year. I asked each one to share their thoughts as they transition to their new lives.
Mary Van Allen
“I'm ending my 23rd year at Flatirons. I taught Special Education for 10 years, 12 as literacy teacher, this year 1/2 & 1/2! My personal highlights are:
· inclusion of all students in classrooms with appropriate supports in place
· 4th and 5th grade students leading their IEP meetings
· Kids Voting
· training students to be child care workers for PTA meetings
· working to have books in the hands of all students
· facilitating the Trick or Treat for UNICEF efforts
I have loved each day with these wonderful learners. Our staff today is truly exceptional; I know Flatirons will continue to bloom. Thank you for you – Mary Van Allen”
“Dear Flatirons Families,
I am retiring this year with happy, positive feelings. I began my career in Brazil with the Peace Corps where the education of those children and yours are a "world" apart. It gave me incentive to help those with fewer opportunities thrive. I taught in Denver. My first class had 36 students in a 5th/6th combination. It was inter-city bilingual housing projects and I tried, but don't think I reached many students. In Boulder I taught at Majestic Heights, Aurora 7, and Martin Park (all renamed). In each school I met wonderful staff and families. 13 years ago I came to Flatirons and the staff and families elevated me to a higher standard of expectations and expertise. Thank You! You've made my journey in education supported and I've been able to accomplish so much more. I treasure my time with you. I'll miss staff, families and the craft of teaching. Best Wishes to you all! Bonnie Coffey”
We will also be losing one of our wonderful art teachers, Brie Wright, who has the opportunity to work at Bear Creek full time and not have to travel between two schools during the week. She has left her mark and will be missed.
Please take a moment when you see these three teachers to share our thanks and good wishes for their futures.
As this year comes to a close I want to again express my thanks to our community for letting me work alongside you for another year. We have had a great year together and I am already looking forward to next fall!