Dear Ryle Band Parents and Families,
I met today with members of our 2016 Marching Band and 2016-17 Wind Symphony students to announce that this will be my last year teaching full time. I plan on retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. This has been a difficult decision for me to make and the final decision was made during this past winter break. It has been my privilege and my pleasure to work with your fantastic children during the past 5 years. We have had many wonderful moments together and many amazing performances. I will cherish each of these and also leave with great memories of wonderful kids and committed band parents.
Why Now? At the end of this school year I will have completed 31 years in Education. I have spent 26 of those years as a high school band director and 5 as a school administrator. The demands of this job are great and I believe I have embraced those demands with all of the energy and passion at my disposal. I truly love my job and the students I serve. However, I believe I am at a point in my life where I need to focus my time and energy on my family and grandchildren. There are many firsts for our little granddaughters coming up in the next few years. First Days of a new school year, First Piano Lesson, First Recitals etc…. and I want to be a full partner in all of these wonderful events.
I am announcing this decision early so that Mr. Turner will have plenty of time to start the search process for my replacement. Many band related decisions have to be made in the spring for the program to move forward in 2017 -18. There are marching band programming decisions, design staff, band staffing decisions etc. that need to be made by the new person to guarantee success for 2017-18. By announcing my retirement early our school administration will have time to find the best replacement possible. This is a great band job! I am sure Mr. Turner will get many outstanding candidates to choose from.
There is a process to the hiring of a band director and I ask that you be patient and supportive of Mr. Turner as he works thru this process. I am confident that he will hire a wonderful teacher for your band kids. I also believe that the best days of the Ryle Band are in the future. I will always be a cheerleader for this wonderful band program!!
In closing let me say again that these past 5 years have been a joy and a privilege. My time at Ryle has been one of the highlights of my career.