A Note from Chris MacPherson
Dear Ward Community,
I have some bittersweet news to share with all of you. Recently. I accepted an offer to teach at an elementary school in our hometown of Hopkinton. This school is a grades 4/5 elementary school (schools are separated K-1, 2-3, 4-5).
My decision to pursue this position was mostly based on my family. My son Cameron will be in kindergarten next year and we will be moving my daughter to pre-school in town as well. Cam will be in a wrap around kindergarten program at this same school. Up until this point, they were both at the same daycare/pre school near where my wife works in Framingham. This will make things a lot easier for the both of us. Throw in two less hours of commuting to help around the house and a curriculum focusing on only grades 4 and 5 and I felt I had to take a chance.
My wife Krissy and I are both excited about this opportunity. However, there is a downside, most of which has to do with working with the physical education staff in Newton, my colleagues here at Ward and everyone in the Ward community. The Ward community has a very special place in my heart. I will never forget seeing the Ward students and parents as I was running up Heartbreak Hill during the marathon this year. In fact, it could be my fondest memory of that tragic day. I want to thank all of you who have supported me as a teacher and as a fundraiser (Jump Rope for Heart, Tedyís Team, Grade 5 One Fund Walkathon), as well as those of you who helped on Color Days (special kudos to Dawn Davis). In a day when physical education is sometimes marginalized for not being a 'core subject', I feel that the people of the Ward community understand how important physical education is for the overall development of their children.
This transition will be a difficult one as I feel like I am leaving a brotherhood of some of the most passionate, knowledgeable, and hard working teachers around. This is something that I will take with me and remember forever.
Lastly, I want to thank Audrey Peller for her support of me as a physical educator. It was very difficult for me to have the conversation with her about this decision. We are all very fortunate to have her on our side and supporting us with what we do.
Please feel free to contact me at any point in time if you any questions about physical activities or sports that your children may wish to pursue (firstname.lastname@example.org). I am really going to miss the Ward community! Stay active everyone!