Guilderland, NY – I had the pleasure of attending graduation for my school, Guilderland High School, this past
weekend at the time of my writing. I wish all teachers could go; it would be so much more impactful for the students. I hope someday our district can arrange it so this can happen. It was rewarding of course because so many graduates were my math students but additionally some of the graduates, such as those posing with me below, have been my students in one form or another since grade school.
Graduations are exciting because they represent a culmination of a long period of work toward achievement. More importantly they represent a new start or a beginning. There is great excitement for the graduate and what adventures of academic and life learning await and there is hope for the contribution the graduate will make to our world. For me it is the mystery of the nature and magnitude of the graduate’s future contribution that is the most amazing. More gripping than any fictitious movie or book, this is our story!
As parents, teachers and members of our community we have worked so hard to help form these young adults that we now send out to make their mark on the world. The job we have done is incredibly important but the reward is this fabulous story we get to watch the unfold. Books and movies are awesome and show the power of creative human spirit, but this is real and it represents yet another example of the true meaning of the word awesome. Between my own children’s growth, the growth of the thousands that have been my students and the even greater number that we impact casually everyday, I have enough to watch, right here in front of me and it’s the best story on the planet.
I am very grateful to the faculty and staff of our fine schools for their amazing effort in caring for and teaching my children. It has been an excellent ride for my family and I am exceedingly thankful.
Congratulations to the class of 2017 everywhere, but most close to my heart, here in Guilderland. May your adventure be as awesome as it is to watch you experience it.
Master Rice owns Guilderland Martial Arts and holds a 6th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Master Rice is also a Math teacher at Guilderland High School. Guilderland Martial Arts offers classes starting at age 4 as well as an afterschool program and summer camps.
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