They grow up to be fine young people…
Often as teachers we reflect from year to year wondering about where our former students are, how they’re doing, if they’re happy, finding their passions etc. Thursday, September 26th I had the pleasure of attending a retirement party, hosted by PSD 70. While people settled in for the event there were drama students from Memorial Composite High School providing entertainment.
As I watched the students perform, one of the students seemed quite familiar. I taught Brody Kindergarten at Broxton Park School years ago and remembered him as this sweet, kind, young man with a super family. Here in front of me was that little boy, who had grown into a young man full of confidence, humour, and enthusiasm.
When they finished performing I thought I need to slip out and touch base with him. I caught him out in the parking lot, (kindergarten kids do grow up to drive J) and stopped them from leaving. He probably thought who is this crazy lady standing in front of my car? I peered inside and asked him if he remembered me from kindergarten and then recognition happened. We hugged, chatted briefly and Brody drove off with his friends.
How lucky I felt to witness a young boy of 5 turn into a self-assured young man in his teens. Brody and many students like him find their way, touch lives, and make people proud. They do grow up to be fine young people…..
Shireen Mohammed has been with PSD 70 for 24 years and is currently Assistant Principal for Connections for Learning. She lives in Edmonton with her young adult children and enjoys running into former students. 🙂