To my dear Gateway students, family, my dear love bubble,
As I write these words, I am flooded with emotions; fear, sadness, and excitement. It is very difficult to deliver the news that I will not be returning as the art teacher next year. Gateway has been the most loving community I have ever been a part of. I adore my students, my colleagues, and my supervisors. Three years ago, I landed in Santa Cruz, California and took a total chance. I was scared to move across the country by myself: far away from my family, my friends, and my home in New York City. It was a big change and a big challenge. And guess what? With big challenges, come a lot of opportunities for growth. I leaped into the unknown and at that moment in time, I had no idea just how special of a place I was leaping into. I was received with tremendous compassion, love, and care.
This has never been just a job to me. This has been the work of my heart and the work of my soul. My time at Gateway has been a life changing experience. I am deeply grateful to have been a member of this community, I am heavy hearted to leave this extraordinary place, and I hope to remain involved as much as possible. I have never seen a school filled with such warmth, a school that cares so deeply about each individual’s potential and well being.
I made the difficult choice to leave this amazing place for several reasons. More than anything, my life’s journey has been a commitment to growth and overcoming fear. I choose to leave not because it’s easy, and not because I am unhappy, but because I know I have more growing to do. I choose to leave because I want to practice my growth mindset. In the coming months, I am challenging myself to continue growing my business, Happy HeART Studio in Santa Cruz. My dreams include:
- Opening my own after school program, teaching resilience and self love through art making, yoga, and meditation
- Developing workshops and trainings for teachers and parents on how to implement mindfulness programs in schools and family mindfulness practice at home
- Writing a book, sharing my curriculum with the world, creating a guide for teachers on how to use meditation for self-care and how to teach their students to practice self-care.
- Spreading the love bubble to more teachers and more students and more schools… advocating that self-kindness be taught in school.
I cannot simply tell my students: “Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.” “Don’t be afraid to take a risk.” “Follow your heart.” “Don’t give up” “Believe in yourself.” I have to practice what I teach. I’m going to cheer myself on even when it is hard, scary, and uncertain. To my beloved students and friends, I hope to stay connected. I hope to still be present in and around Gateway School. I will carry you in my heart always. Believe in yourself. You can do it. Don’t give up. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. And pretty please, be kind to yourself and others. I love you.
Please do stay in touch! I can be found at email@example.com
Join my mailing list to find out what I am up to! (Promise not to send too many emails )