Farewell, but not totally goodbye! by Maria Kaminstein
As I look toward my retirement from Greene Towne at the end of this month, I have been reflecting on next steps. The decision to step down did not come quickly or easily. Until this year, I have avoided using the R-Word, feeling quite sure that I wasn’t ready to kick back yet. But now the word finally seems to fit. I still don’t see myself kicking back, exactly, but I look forward to embracing a flexible schedule, and to much more frequent visits with our three grandsons, who are growing up quickly. Time with family feels precious at this point in my life.
I will still be involved with Greene Towne on a consulting basis, and will continue to work on wrapping up the ten-year renewal of Greene Towne’s PAIS and AMS certifications. My ties here are strong, and I will always want to be a part of the GTMS life in some way – whether as a retired staffer, an alumni parent, or simply a lifelong Montessorian.
It has been a great privilege to work with the staff, parents and children at Greene Towne over these past four years. The community of parents in this school continues to be one of its great strengths, and the dedication and professionalism of the GTMS staff are unparalleled. The children are the heart of the school however. I never cease to be fascinated by the individuality of children and by their amazing growth during their Greene Towne years. I will miss it all – and I know that the next generations of parents, staff and children will continue to carry the GTMS legacy forward.