Thursday, May 21, 2009

To my friends....

I come to you with a heavy heart today. The last few weeks have been the most challenging of my career and life. After much soul-searching, prayer, and deliberation, I have decided to leave my teaching position at McCool. Unfortunately, I've learned far too much about politics and some of the downsides of teaching in a very small community/school over the recent weeks. This decision comes with mixed emotions. I'm planning to stay home with my youngest daughter and that is exciting. On the other hand, I will really miss the students and being in the classroom. I'm going to pursue other passions such as writing and photography. Please keep my family in your prayers as we make this transition in our lives. I will remain active in the Writing Project network and I look forward to continuing to hear from all of you.

I'm traveling to Washington DC in two weeks with a small group. I'm so excited to visit the USHMM for the first time.

I wish everyone continued success!


Ilka said...

I am so sorry. The students of McCool Junction will lose out from not having known such a thoughtful teacher, kind heart, purposeful learner, and generous soul.

Mrs. Bethune said...

Thank you for your kind words Ilka.

tseib said...

Danielle: I am very sorry to hear that you are leaving teaching. Perhaps it will be temporary, and someday you will return to share your gifts with our students again. May God Bless you and your family during this time of transition. I hope to see you soon!!

Tom Seib