Hanging Up My Briefcase

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To all my family, friends, colleagues and students:

 

I am planning to retire at the end of this current semester after completing 31 years at Tech and 45 total years of teaching. It has been a very difficult, life changing decision for me. For those of you who know me well, you know how much I love to teach and how much my students mean to me. That is the primary reason why it has taken me so long to reach this decision. However, I realize that it’s finally time to say goodbye to my incredible career.

 

How fortuitous for me that teaching has been both my avocation and my vocation. Over the years, I have established some wonderful friendships with my colleagues and will always value them. I have also developed special relationships with many of the thousands of students who I have had the pleasure of working with during my tenure at Tech, not just in my classes, but with the GOLD Program, Edu-Plus, HEOP, the Writing Center, as a Bear Mentor and attending as many athletic events as possible. All of them have enriched my life and inspired me in immeasurable ways.

 

Several years ago, I started to write a book entitled, Connections to My Heart which was basically a love story between me and some of the exceptional young people I have either taught or with whom I have had the honor of befriending on a non-academic level. The book revealed my deep passion for teaching and how these young men and women have provided me with a source of strength, love and personal validation. Their essays were so honest and poignant and often moved me to tears. I followed their journeys through their young lives through both their written words and their personal conversations with me and we began to connect due to mutual trust and respect. Hopefully, our connections led to their success and belief in themselves. Many of their heart stories revealed so much pain, emotional damage, and personal loss. Hopefully, writing about these experiences helped them cope with, and eventually overcome these deeply personal obstacles. I never finished my book or tried to have it published. Perhaps now I will have the time to complete it.

 

So, it is a bittersweet decision for me to retire, but absolutely necessary for both my emotional and physical well- being. I shall miss all of you very much. Good bye from Ziggy, Zig, Feinzig, Feinzy or Professor. Thank you for keeping the flame of purpose and dedication alive in my both my spirit and heart. I shall always treasure my time at NYIT. Please stay in touch. I will never forget you.

 

With gratitude and affection,

 

Gail Feinzig

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