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Slice of Life: A Good Change May Still Leave You Heartbroken

I click send and, just like that, my classroom is closing. From my kitchen, I hear pounding and sanding going on in the front room. My husband, the carpenter, coaxes wood into agreeing to be my new home office desk. "Do you want to look out the window or away from it?" he calls.
I want to look out the window, I tell him. I'll be alone more often now.

My own children will be off to school. My classroom children will be somebody else's. It will happen subtly. One day one of the children will say, "Remember Mrs. Moran? She was funny." or something like that.

I love being a teacher. I love saying I'm a teacher. Whenever Christmas break comes around, I miss them and can't wait to hear about their stories when they return. I live for those moments when a kid comes rushing into class to tell you something funny because he knows you'll get it. That delicious moment when it's just the two of you, laughing your head off at the way his baby brother ate the wrapping paper.

So when you hear that I've decided to leap into the world of editorial writing and educational marketing, don't think that I won't miss classroom teaching terribly. Change may be inevitable and it may exciting, but it never means you won't be heartbroken.


  1. The good work you have done in your classroom will remain and live on. You have a legacy and will be remembered well. Your "voice" for change and reason and all the things that education needs right now is so needed! Embrace this opportunity to use it, my friend! May the new road you've chosen be a peaceful, happy, and positive one!

  2. Such a poignant post! I'm so happy for you Kim. You will always be a teacher and carry all you know in your heart. Congrats on this amazing opportunity!

  3. "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." It is a bittersweet moment to leave something you love, even when moving on to another purposeful path. Good luck in your new endeavors; I'm sure your students will remember you fondly, and your experience will shine through your new work!

  4. I know this is something you have been working toward for a long time now. It must have been a hard decision-congratulations!

  5. Congratulations on your new position! Transition times are always hard and emotional, but I believe those times are worth it. Thank you for sharing and best of luck, my friend!

  6. The space between leaving and arriving is wide.
    Best of luck with your new work and the settling in you do.

  7. Oh my, that scene from You've Got Mail, a favorite movie in our house that we've watched over and over. And every time that scene makes me cry. I know you are moving in a positive direction for you and for your family, but I can't help but feel sad for the kids and that place they hold in your heart. All my best as you make this huge transition.

  8. Beautiful post. I know you are so excited for you new work, but the pain you have when leaving what you did so passionately is hard. Part of what makes me love you!

  9. Congratulations, Kim. What a wonderful and probably complex journey you've been on, will continue on. I'm sure your teaching memories will stay and inform your writing, but if this is your dream, go for it! Wishing you calm seas for at least the beginning of the voyage!

  10. Congrats! All of those kids were lucky to have you, but you have to do your next, best thing. Btw, did you change your #? How am I supposed to stalk you 😉

  11. You worked hard towards this goal, and were single minded in your usual, expansive way. I can't wait to follow along on this journey with you, my friend. I can't wait to learn from you.

  12. Wow big changes. Congratulations on the new path!

  13. How exciting! Congratulations!


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