“I’ve been teaching for thirty years and I love my job,” Paul Tamburello declares.
Grasping their stories about a time they overcame adversity, twenty one children sit cross-legged in a circle on the grey, tired-looking rug. A tattered sign of manila paper with the words “Working Hard Feels Good” in faded magic marker stands vigil in the back of the room.
It’s a warm morning in early June, and the countdown to summer vacation has hit single digits. Nearby classrooms hum with teachers’ pre-school preparations. The air shimmers with the students’ nervous anticipation.
“I just want to thank you for your support of your children,” he says to the parents. “They have challenged themselves in this story and throughout the year, and seen growth as a reward. I am very proud of them and know that you are, too.”