A message to my current and former students (from Mr. Yearling)

Dear students and former students,

I needed to make everything official before I passed this on to anyone, but I wanted to let you know that I won't be returning to Fort Atkinson in the fall.  I've accepted a position in the Waukesha School District as an Instructional Technology Coordinator.  Put simply, I'll become a mentor of teachers, encouraging and coaching them to utilize technology to improve the quality of their instruction.  Ultimately, I hope this leads to a meaningful change in the way teachers educate students on a greater scale than I could ever have had in my own classroom.

So, there it is -- my big announcement.

My time in Fort has been nothing but positive and I truly have enjoyed working with all of you.  I want to thank you for allowing me to connect with so many of you in such unique ways. I feel fortunate to have been a part of your lives.  I have learned much from my time spent with you, and I carry those lessons and memories with me.  The hardest part of this change is knowing that I won't have the opportunity to work with students on a daily basis in the same way I worked with so many of you.  That is what makes teaching such a special job.  I will miss that and I will miss so many of you!

Feel free to contact me any time with updates on life, questions about this change or what I'm up to, or just a request for advice.  You know that I am always up for a thoughtful response to even life's toughest challenges. :)  Reach me at brianyearling@gmail.com if you want to be assured of reaching me (I like technology, but this Facebook thing freaks me out a bit...you kids and your zany technology).

Thank you to all of you for being such an important of my life.  It has been an incredible journey.
Mr. Y (or B.Y. depending on your era, or Y-dawg for those less formal students, or The Mighty Lumberjack for Dalton and those he has influenced).