As word of my retirement has spread among the adults in the school community many of them have reminisced with me about my longevity in the district. I was recently reminded that I had an undergraduate work-study job at Santa Cruz Gardens a few years before my 1986 student teaching at Soquel School. Tom Dunks was principal, the school was crowded with portable classrooms scattered around the blacktop, and I was helping Proyecto S.O.L. write bilingual science curriculum.
Someone else tried to tell me that I haven’t changed in my 3 decades in the district. That’s a lovely compliment, but one that is not supported by the evidence.