I am thankful for my Mom and Dad. For having the wisdom to leave the tyranny of Cuba and suffer through the hardships of being an immigrant.
I am thankful to have attended Dade County Public Schools and given the chance to learn and better myself.
I am thankful for my teachers for showing me the importance of academics. Also, they instilled the love of our country and the value of citizenship.
I am thankful for all our armed service members and their families whose sacrifices allows my family and I to be free.
I am thankful for my family and the love they give me.
I am thankful to be part of a profession that gives my life meaning and allows me to shape the lives of tomorrow's leaders.
I am thankful to my colleagues for never losing hope and instinctively knowing how important it is for our students to hold on to theirs.
I am thankful for my students and their determination to stay excellent.
There are many more people, places and things to be thankful for but there is one more item;
I am thankful to be a citizen of the United States of America.
Ever drive east, early in the morning? Sun in you eyes is so bright you have to squint to see. You are forced to slow down until you begin to get use to the brightness. Eventually, you pick up speed again and resume driving normal.
Seems many of my students had to downshift and re-concentrate their efforts. They are resuming their journey: now that they have become accustomed to the rigor of the class. You are all very bright and I too must adjust. I look forward to completing this year's journey together. America!