Bittersweet -- according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary it means:
"something that is bittersweet; especially : pleasure accompanied by suffering..."
This is a word Todd and I have been using quite often recently.
Benton Community has been home for both of us for many years - both as students and employees. Our own three children have graduated from BC and now we are venturing on to our next chapter.
Since becoming an administrator, at the beginning of the school year I shared pictures of our family and pictures of our new staff to the entire District in some type of presentation. So, it was fitting, on my last day with the entire staff, I shared my last pictures with them. You can view the slide show linked here. I played the Zac Brown band song "Roots" while the slide show was playing -- very fitting because our "roots" run deep here in BC.
In my letter of resignation to Mr. Zittergruen I wrote:
I appreciate the tremendous support and trust Benton Community and our educational partners have given me during my time as an employee of the District, both as a school counselor and administrator. As I reflect on my professional journey here at BC, the thoughts rumbling around in my head as my biggest takeaways are the relationships, conversations and growth-producing experiences I have had the fortune to have.
As a staff member I have had the awesome privilege of being involved in many district initiatives and to have served and worked collaboratively with patrons, students, staff, board members and administration for over 20 years. The Benton Community District is truly an amazing place for staff and students to gain and build upon a quality education for a lifetime of learning.
I especially want to thank you, Doug Embray and Don Gibney for sharing your time and talents as you’ve mentored me over the years. The consistency over the years of working with team members who are passionate and truly committed to doing the right things for the right reasons is something that I will continue to use in my leadership work. I also want to thank other team members who have been incredible partners in this life-changing profession. One resignation letter does not have enough room to list all the people who have been role-models and supporters of me.
Being graduates of Benton, Todd and I feel very blessed our own three daughters were able to experience and learn with and from the “Bobcat Family”. Although this has not been an easy decision for me personally, our family is excited for our next adventures and know the solid foundation I’ve been able to gain as a student, parent and staff member at BC will be something that will guide me for the rest of my life.
Life is full of opportunities and we are off to plant seeds to trees we many never sit under and continue our impact in Cedar Falls:)
Avery, Charly, Jack, Ben, Eisley