Dear (hopefully) Kindergarteners,

 Welcome to school! Not only is this your very first year as students but it is my very first year as a teacher. You know those butterflies in your tummy you feel? Well, I feel them too. I am nervous about teaching you but I am so so very excited! I hope that you can look back one day when you are asked and tell your friends that Ms. Nicodemus changed your life. But if not, I hope I at least don’t ruin you! 

   I have worked very hard to be here in your classroom to teach you! I want to be here and I will continue to work hard to prove to each and every one of you that education can be fun. I want to shape each and every one of you into the adults you are meant to be. I know that I only have you for one year, your first year, but I hope to be the change you needed in your life. I know that some of you are cold and hungry and tired and none of that is your fault. I know one of you may not want to go home because someone there hurts you in one way or another. I want you all to know that I will always be here. I will be the unmoving force protecting you and cheering you on every step of the way. Each of you has an enormous amount of greatness in you and I know that you can all succeed. I want us all to succeed together.

We are all going to get frustrated with one another. We are all going to want to give up. I know that. There are going to be days that I really do not want to get out of bed and come to work because it’s hard. But I will anyway because teaching you will be my greatest accomplishment. So please, when you get frustrated, know that I’m frustrated too, when you get an answer wrong, know that I have and I will again. I am not perfect and I will never expect any of you to be perfect. School isn’t about being perfect! School is about messing up and growing from the mistakes to learn.

   I am so happy to be your teacher, in a year and a half. Right now I’m sitting and doing homework, and wondering who you will all be. I cannot wait to learn each and every one of your personalities and what makes you tick. I cannot wait to five high you on your good days and hug you on the bad ones. I cannot wait to watch you have the “aha” moment when you finally figure out a problem that you were stuck on. I want to teach you so bad and I have worked so hard to do it. I have some ways to go but I am getting so close. 

-Your Teacher Ms. Nicodemus

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