Pettingill Grade 3 teacher

Hearing the news that Pettingill Elementary School would be replaced by a new school at a new location gave me reason to look back at my 33 years spent here. I remember clearly how excited and proud I felt to join the Pettingill School family. Those feelings remain stronger than ever. As I look at this closing chapter, many memories come flooding back. Change can be a good thing and is a part of life; however, there is sadness at leaving some things behind.

In reflecting on my years at Pettingill, I will always cherish being a part of a small neighborhood school, where families and staff got to know each other well and became closely connected. It is heartwarming to watch young families develop as they walk through our hallways. Not only can we greet them by name, but also we can also chat about our former Pettingill students who may now be in college or even married with children of their own.

The small size of the staff here at Pettingill has supported many close friendships that extend beyond the four walls. There is genuine caring and concern for each other’s personal and professional lives. Sharing lots of laughs has helped get us through many challenging times. Every child comes to a warm, welcoming environment where everyone is noticed and appreciated.

Parents have always been a great source of support. Our success stems from their dedication and willingness to be a partner in our school community. Parental involvement in many projects such as the holiday fair and volunteering in the classrooms shows their commitment to children and teachers. We have been very fortunate to have such caring parents.

The thrill of moving into a shiny new school will energize all of us. Many wonderful people will help with the transition because, after all, a school is really about the people. Together, we will share the adventure of new families, new staff members and a new building. As sad as I am about leaving the “old” Pettingill, I am excited about the process of creating the “new” Raymond A. Geiger Elementary School.

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