Six years ago I started my teaching career with a bunch of crazy 6th and 7th graders in Aurora, Colorado. Those were some interesting days to say the least. I definitely shed my fair share of tears and worked way too hard during that year, but I also met some very special kids who will have my heart forever.
One of those middle schoolers was none other than Ashley Chavez. Since the first day I met her in my 6th grade Language Arts class, she has never ceased to amaze me. Her kind spirit, positive outlook, willingness to try new things, and deep care and concern for the people around her has been such a source of encouragement and joy to me. Teaching is a hard job, but it is students like Ashley who make it all worth it.
I feel so honored to have kept in touch with her for these last six years and watch her become the beautiful young woman she is today. I can't even believe she is going to graduate high school this year, but you better believe I will be there with the biggest smile on my face as I watch her walk across that stage.
Ashley, you are gorgeous, inside and out. The world is wide open for you, and I have no doubt that you will be successful no matter what you pursue. And if you ever need anything, remember that Miss DeVries always has your back.