Here is the letter Jeanette shared with her colleagues upon the occasion of her retirement this spring. I like the list of numbers, especially the 32 principals part:
Dear Ankeny Friends and Colleagues,
I’ve reached that stage in my career where the word “experience” just in not descriptive enough. If my math is correct, I’ve taught in seven school districts over the past thirty-nine years (minus approximately 60 days). The last twenty-four of those years I have been doing my very best teaching French and Spanish in Ankeny. Those who know me well may also know that I dislike numbers. However, if you add up my teaching career years, I can share some amazing numbers about my experiences along the way.
Grades I’ve taught: 12
Principals I have worked under and collaborated with: 32
Estimated number of students taught: 7,470
Districts taught in: 7
Days taught: 6,850
Parent/Teacher Conferences (as a teacher) attended: 78
Adults taught including professional workshops: 120 (rough estimate)
Children I have raised while teaching full time: 3
Textbooks/Curriculums used: 41
Curriculum reviews I have experienced: 7 (rough estimate)
Declam and Reader’s Theater Students Coached: 45
High School English courses taught: 8
French courses taught: 5
Spanish courses taught: 7
English Second Language courses taught: 12
Remedial Reading courses taught: 3
Ankeny/Ames swim meets attended (I have always supported Ankeny students—thought I’d throw that in): 440
Support of my Ankeny Colleagues that I have received: infinitely valuable and impossible to measure
Ok, if you have not already guessed, a 2015 change in my husband’s position with Iowa State University will allow Tim, my husband, and I flexibility to explore new professional opportunities in the Iowa/Illinois area. With all of my aforementioned experience, we realized that beginning with the next school year, my take home pay as an Iowa retired teacher would be very close to my take home pay should I continue working. As a result, I have decided to retire ? I plan to enjoy every minute of this amazing moment in time to explore our new opportunities.
I will miss my PLC, my many friends in Ankeny, and most certainly I will miss the challenges of helping my students learn a second language. However, I have always been someone who enjoys new challenges. Remember last year I was a recipient of a Northview Middle School “Risk Taker” Award!
Bonne Chance and Buena Suerte to my Ankeny Friends. I am grateful to each and every one of you for your support and encouragement during my tenure as an Ankeny teacher.
Jeanette Marie Bowman Borich
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