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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Two Roads

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

At the close of my senior year thirty-two years ago, my closest classmates were preparing to enter the University of Alabama as Computer Science majors. To the surprise of many, I took a different road—education. It was a choice that has served me well and a field that has allowed me to use a variety of talents. It is a profession to which I have given much. It is a profession which has given back in return.

Two roads diverge again for me now. One path is familiar and comfortable. The other offers both a challenge and a chance to affect change on a larger scale, and it is that road I am choosing to take.

I will be retiring at the end of June.

If I had it all to do again, I would do very little any differently. Four school systems and 28 years brings one in contact with a wide variety of people. Along the road, I have been privileged to work with some incredible talent, and a fair share of it has been during this last 12 years here in this place.

Over a year ago, our school system revisited its vision and found that the words “moving forward” encapsulated how this system sees itself. The slightly longer “Moving forward to meet the demands of a changing world” recognizes that the world we must prepare for tomorrow will be different than the one in which we live in today. New tools and new practices will replace the old, and my desire is to be a part of the process for making that journey easier for others.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Moving forward,

Frank Buck


At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Danni Odon-Winn said...

Congratulations Dr. Buck! You truly are a multi-talented man! Your skills will be sorely missed by Talladega City Schools!

Somehow I feel we will be hearing even more about your endeavors to improve the lives of educators and children!

Thanks so much for all your help!

Danni Odom-Winn, Ed.S.,CCC/SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are truly going to miss you and the affect you have had on us in the area of technology. If I ever needed help on any matter, you were there to offer expert advice. I'm amazed at the knowledge you possess, especially in the area of technology. Even though you are retiring, I envision you writing books, speaking, and sharing your God-given talents with others. You have been a blessing to me as I struggle with technology. May God bless you and your lovely family as you serve Him.

Mary Ensley,
4th grade teacher
C.L. Salter Elem.
Mary Ensley, teacher

At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you well on your new journey. May the road you take bring you joy, peace and love!


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