Thank you Academia Cotopaxi

Well, here we are with only one week left of school…so crazy! I’m sitting here drinking coffee on this gorgeous Sunday morning in Quito, and I’m reflecting back on the last 3 years feeling very, very proud and a lot sad. There is so much that I’m going to miss about my time here, and to be honest I’ve never been to a more amazing, diverse, and stunningly beautiful country as Ecuador. This experience has been life changing for me and for my family, and it’s given us more than we could have possibly asked for. We’ve had such incredible adventures over the years, not only in Ecuador but all across South America, and we’re changed for the better in so many profound ways. Like I said, there is so much that I’m going to miss about my life here, but truthfully, there is one thing that I will miss more than all of the rest of it combined…and that’s you.
There is no way that I am going to be able to convey my gratitude appropriately in this post. I have said this before many times, and I’ll say it again now…I have never in my life worked with such an inspiring group of people and educators, and I’m sure that I’ll spend the rest of my career chasing what we’ve built here together as a faculty. Your commitment to kids, your passion for education, your thirst for adventure, and your work hard-play hard approach to life inspires me to no end. You have given me so much joy over the years, and you’ve filled my heart with so much love. I’ll never be able to re-pay you for all that you’ve given to me and to my family. You’ve embraced my two children, Max and Gabby, like they were your own, and you’ve given them the best 3 years of their lives…they’ve enjoyed every minute of this experience and like me, they don’t want Friday to come so quickly. I want to apologize in advance if I get too emotional as Friday speeds our way, but it’s hard to leave the people that you love, and it’s hard to say goodbye. That’s life though isn’t it…people come and go along this journey though life and all you can do is take what you can. You get inspired, you grow and learn, you fill up your heart, and you are changed for the better, always.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for making me better in every way. I’m a better leader, a better father, a better educator, and ultimately, I’m a better person because of you. Thank you for all that you continue to give to our students…they are becoming the people we want for our world because they have you in their lives. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to the journey that AC is on…you are giving our kids the school and the education that they truly deserve. Thank you for how good you are to each other, and how deeply you care about developing such strong and positive relationships. Thank you for your energy, and for your smiles, and for your trust…thank you for all of it!
I want to also wish you all a safe, fun, relaxing, and adventurous summer holiday…so well deserved. For those of you moving on to new schools or new careers or new chapters in your lives, all the best. I am sending you my love, and all of my positive thoughts and energy as you go through this transition. For those of you coming back for another year or more, please keep the momentum that we’ve created together here alive and well…we’ve accomplished so much as a team but as you know, there is work left to do. I will leave this place at the end of next week with nothing but love and gratitude, and with a true sense of a purpose fulfilled…who could possible ask for more than that.
Finally, It’s certainly not lost on me how special this group of people is that we have on faculty, and what an immense gift that I’ve been given to have had this opportunity to share this time with each of you. So, let’s make these last 4 and a half days our best so far, and please make sure that you find the time to say what you need to say to each other before we head off for the break. It’s been quite a year, and we need to celebrate this week with our kids and with each other…remember, there’s no such thing as too many hugs! Thank you Ecuador and thank you Academia Cotopaxi…you will be in my heart forever.
Love, Dan 🙂

Quote of the Week...
What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. 
The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down 
the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. 
The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are.
Summer is my period of grace.

Soul Pancake - Give of Yourself this Summer (Thank you for all that you'e given me)
A Something in a Summer's Day
By Emily Dickinson

A something in a summer's Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer's noon -
A depth - an Azure - a perfume -
Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer's night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see -

Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle - shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me -

The wizard fingers never rest -
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it narrow bed -

Still rears the East her amber Flag -
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red -

So looking on - the night - the morn
Conclude the wonder gay -
And I meet, coming thro' the dews
Another summer's Day!

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