Two weeks from today, all of the seats behind me will be filled with actual breathing human bodies. I’ve never taught this new class of mine in person. It’s about experience and awareness and self-care and growth mindset and that has been HARD to do through a screen. These freshmen have never been to high school and it’s April. I had no hope of a return this school year. The excitement and emotion is so high for me today. Teaching in person AND on Zoom at the same time is going to be interesting, to say the least, but so worth the figuring out of systems. This is surreal and fantastic and knowing that my people will be where they need to be—that I’ll be where I need to be with them and for them and for myself—it’s all so much. It truly feels like a new chapter. A new book. The “after,” if you will.