55 Years in School
Carl's online series 55 Years In School documented his final year as a middle school counselor:
I’ve been in school for 55 years. Kindergarten at age five, elementary school, high school, college, and three months later, the beginnings of a 38-year stretch in middle school. Thirty-eight years of teaching add up to a little over 7200 days. Fifty-five years in school totals just over 10,000 days. I have about 175 left. They’re sliding away from me fast as all days do, but this slowly closing curtain on the last performance I’m well aware of. I’m still drying tears, meeting with parents, changing schedules, and the occasional dramatic turn. There’s little new, but each child’s personal story is theirs and therefore, unique. And I’ll try to treat them that way. Until the last day. I’m a teacher. Let’s see what the weeks ahead bring.