The calendar says it is the first week in June, yet I am not ready to write this final message. The last 10 years as principal of Park Terrace have been life changing. The students, families, staff and community have significantly impacted me both professionally and personally. I have grown over the years from each relationship interaction I experienced.
The students make me smile, constantly, and their hugs warm my heart. Often the smiles and hugs happen simultaneously, like when a student greets me with a hug in the morning and asks me why I talk like a “cowgirl.” Or, when two kindergarten friends introduce me to their families as their “cutie patootie” principal. The way students embrace their learning experience and each other is amazing to watch. I have been fortunate to witness this as both a teacher and a principal.
I have recently had a couple of students ask me why I was leaving them. I told them I wasn’t leaving them, rather I want to share them. I explained that they were so awesome, and Park Terrace was such a cool place that it is time for me to share it with others. I want Mrs. Perkins to experience the great things happening at our school. I have often said that coming to Park Terrace each day is a privilege. The last 10 years have been a privilege. Thank you for sharing your children with me and for entrusting them in my care. It has been an honor!
–Kim Fehringer, Park Terrace Principal