If there is anyone out there who is still subscribed to this blog via RSS, which may be unlikely given the dearth of posts in the last year or two, this is just a heads up that I retired from teaching last week so there will likely be no further posts on this blog. I suppose it's possible I will get inspired to write some more about education, or even find an encore job related to education that gives me fodder to write some more here, but I wouldn't count on it.
Thanks for all the learning on this blog over the years, and thanks for all the retirement well wishes I've received via Twitter. After 31 years of teaching (and being Director of Technology at AHS for most of those as well), I felt like I was no longer contributing as much to my school as I wanted to. I didn't feel like I was adding that much value, nor was I learning that much myself, so I felt like it was time.
For those who have asked "what's next?", my immediate plans are to help my (aging) parents and to get my daughter to Fort Lewis College and be available to support her during her freshmen year if she needs it. After that, we'll see. I have lots of interests that I might choose to pursue, either in a volunteer or paid capacity. particularly in the area of sustainability (if you're interested in hiring me, here's a resume I made as an example for my web design students). In the meantime I'm still offering free financial advice to Colorado educators and I hope to start blogging there more often around financial topics.
Thanks for letting me process and think out loud here over the last 13 years, and thanks for helping me become a better teacher and person.