Farewell Before the Farewell

This week at AEON is going to be a tough one, because this is the official week where I have to let my students know that I will be leaving on February 26th. I’m not really looking forward to this week, but it’s something I have to do. Some of the students, though not many, I have been teaching from the day I moved to Tsukuba. Students can be very inquisitive, and I guess they have a right to be…so I’m expecting to here a lot of questions “What will you do next?” “Are you moving back home?” “Are you getting married?” In response to these questions, I’ll just have to be honest with them: “I’m changing public school to have a chance to learn more Japanese and do more of the things I want to do in Japan.” I am really going to miss the students because I’ve had so many great memories with them, but deep down, I know this is the right choice for me. I know for many of the Australian and American teachers that I’ve seen, that this can be quite an emotional experience. Truthfully, I don’t think I’ll shed any tears because I know I will still be in Japan. I am overjoyed that I had a chance to teach so many wonderful students.

Here’s a look at the farewell letter that I wrote to my kids classes and to the parents. One of the teachers translated it into Japanese:

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