The First Goodbye



Today is my last day of teaching. Not my last day of work. I still have final exams to supervise, exams to mark, report cards to do, and my room to clean up. But today is the day that I said goodbye to my students. Dear Students, this blog post is for you!

I have been truly fortunate to work at an amazing school with amazing students. I will miss you all!

I want you to know how great you are. High school is a crazy messed up time in your life. We tell you to grow up and start taking responsibility, and then in the next breath tell you that you have to follow our rules.

Your hormones are still playing havoc with your emotions. Your adult brain isn’t done being made yet. In fact, your brain will still be maturing well into your mid 20’s.

Maybe you know what you want to do with your life. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you are off to University. Maybe you aren’t. Maybe you will change the world. Maybe you won’t. Maybe your life will go exactly as planned. Maybe it won’t. In fact, it probably won’t. But that’s OK. Honest!

The world will change and you will change. I hope you choose to be a good person. I hope that you will spread love, not hate. I hope you choose to give back to the world and make it a better place.

Thank you for making this year, and every year, great. I have so many good memories that I can’t even begin to list them all, but here are a few of my favorites.

My Bio 30 IB class singing about phosphodiester links and DNA polymerase to the Backstreet Boys. When I mistakenly thought a favorite student had started smoking. My amazing full year Bio 20 class. Bribe coffees. Throwing markers at a particular student who kept falling asleep in class. Having a Spanish exchange student. When three different students fell into the mud on a field trip! Running into students at Remedy coffee shop downtown. Catching up with former students during Muffins and Music. The Student that gave me two grad pictures so I could bring one on my big trip. Students calling me Mama Swan. Going for brunch with one of my classes. Twin day! Students taking selfies with the dissection rats. We’ve had a lot of fun.

If you would like to share your own memory or picture, send it to me and I will add it to this page. I will miss you all!

Best IB class ever!
The Best IB Class Ever!


When you put up a drawing of me until I got my grad picture to replace it with. Enjoy your travels, Ms. Swanson! You will always be my most favorite teacher.


In the hall

Some of my favorite girls!

Grad Boys

I was so lucky to get to know these young gentlemen over the last 3 years. I will miss you!

Klassen and Dorothy

Finally, Mr. Klassen admits that he is a secret biophile!

Dorothy, I will miss you! I will always be your Canadian mother.

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