Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dear Nieman Families

This is the letter I printed in the program for my last choir concert (tonight):

Dear Nieman Families,

Often, I write to avoid speaking, and ultimately, crying, in front of people. The kids know that I am sensitive and emotional when it comes to how they have changed my life, and it is not something I am ashamed of. So, though I will try this as a deterrent, I am positive that tonight, the tears will eventually come.

When I joined the great Nieman staff five years ago, I seriously thought I would retire here. That is how much I immediately loved this job. That has not changed, but rather, my life is quite different. I realized that now is the time to make the dreams that I had as a child finally come true.

I normally let the children vote on their concert music, but I insisted on the final song. While the general ideas of the piece are applicable—childhood dreams and lasting connections—the third verse is what hit me as I listened to it for the millionth time last fall. “Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices? I’ve heard them calling my name. Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors? The voice might be one and the same. I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it; it’s something that I’m supposed to be.”

After every performance, I try to say, “Your kids are amazing.” This is an understatement, but I think you know that. When I came to Nieman, many of them were in kindergarten, first grade or second grade. I have had the privilege to watch them grow into wonderful individuals, a process that will continue for many years. A process that I am sorry to miss.

If you peeked into my classroom, you might be fooled into thinking that the students are the only learners, when in fact, I am the one who has learned the most from them. It has been an honor to be invited into your lives for the last five years. I will miss you all but I am confident that someday we will connect again.


Please share this letter with your children and follow my blog: www.sunflowerabroad.com.


  1. Your students have been lucky to have such a dedicated,caring teacher. I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

  2. Megan you have made a huge impact on every Nieman student for the last 5 years! I hope when you teach in Egypt the kids there will Love you much as Nieman has! Good luck on you adventure!

    1. Thank you for writing. I love reading comments and I hope you will continue to read.

  3. About a week ago my soon to be first grader quietly exited his room early morning. This is my quiet time so I had Four Seasons play as I read the morning news. He slipped beside me and listened intently. This morning was more of a RHCPeppers day. Snow was playing lowly and my baby came out again swaying to the music singing the simple chorus. As the track changed to a livelier song he bouncing around like the lead singer. You are the one who installed a greater love of music than what he already had. I can sit and listen to anything with him and he is content. I thank you for that. Legacy is what you give and will always do so.

    1. Thank you so much for this...hearing from families who have been so integral to my personal and professional development is a priceless gift.