The culmination of the last 16 weeks was anti-climactic, almost. At 2:32, I hurriedly hit the "send" button as I submitted my last assignment for my Student Teaching. Although the previous 24-hours were spent scrambling, sleep-deprived and panic-stricken, that last moment was no big deal. As I closed out of Blackboard, the bell signifying the end of my planning period rang and students shuffled through the hallways. One popped into my room, oblivious to the momentous feat that had just occurred.
"Mrs. Scheerer, can I come into your room for Advisory?" he said.
"No, sorry. Not today, I already have an extra student. Maybe Friday," I replied.
He grumbled and moved on while my other students excitedly came in, asking, "What are we doing today? Can we go play basketball?"
Life had already moved on, only giving me a moment to revel in my accomplishment.
But as I think about all that has occurred over the last three years, I cannot believe that I made it here. When I started in August 2009 I could not see my path and I did not have a clue how I was going to make it through. Thankfully, God knew exactly what I needed to make it through. And it came in the form of friends and family.
I have met the most [EXTRA]ordinary friends and teachers, many of whom I will proudly call my friends for the rest of my life. And the support from all of my "old" ; ) friends has been invaluable. Many of you have sent me messages, made me laugh, helped me with homework, allowed me into your classrooms and just gave me that boost of confidence I needed when I was frustrated and feeling overwhelmed (which was like every day!). THANK YOU. It has made a huge difference!
Specifically, I'd like to thank Gina, Heather and Sarah for just being amazingly great people, watching my kids and helping me through classes, etc. Emily, you are the best, girl and there for me til, literally, the very end. To Minda, for being my great, great friend. We don't see each other as often as we should but just knowing you'd be there at the drop of a hat brings great comfort. And Dee, oh Dee, there are just not any words to express the gratitude I have for your friendship. If nothing else had come out of this experience, your friendship would have made it all worth it. To my DSAGC friends for making this journey with Wyatt not so uncertain, you are all amazing. You've helped me keep things in perspective so that I can move forward with my education. To my running friends for keeping me motivated to take care of myself (either in person or just on Facebook), thank you...the Bad Angels rock! To my sister and Reese, I love you and I will pay for your phone bills one day. For a year. I have the best Mom EVER. PERIOD. Mom, there's nothing I can do or say to ever repay you, but I'll try. And for my Grandpa, thank you for the love you've given and the financial support. They broke the mold with you, sir. I love you dearly. And to Josh, for holding down the proverbial fort while I was off chasing my Purpose; I am forever grateful. [UPDATE: And, of course (apologies for my serious forgetfulness in full effect) thank you to my husband's family as well! They have provided lots of encouragement and supprot along the way! Couldn't ask for better in-laws.]
Now, as the school day has quieted to a dull hum, I am able to relish in the quiet success of the last three years of my life. Although, there's a few things still to do...I'm almost completely done! The end is now beginning and I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have 5 weeks of my last Masters class and my Masters thesis to finish by July 13th, but the heavy lifting is done. The most important part of my education is now complete: I can submit my paperwork to the state for my residential teaching license!
As I have said, many, many times: I cannot do it all by myself, so I am thankful for each of the gifts you all bring to my life. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being [EXTRA]ordinary.
With love and sincerity,