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  • Writer's pictureMike Cobb

A Heartwarming Homecoming: The Oakridge School

On our recent visit back to Texas we had the privilege to return to the place where I spent two decades teaching and working, and where our daughter's educational journey unfolded. Debra and I stepped back into the familiar halls of Oakridge, receiving a warm welcome that echoed the cherished memories and connections built over the years.

The Oakridge School has been more than just an institution; it's been a second home for our family. Stepping onto the familiar grounds brought an immediate rush of nostalgia – the classrooms where lessons unfolded, the hallways where friendships blossomed, and the fields where countless memories were made.

The warmth of the Oakridge community welcomed us back with open arms. Reconnecting with former colleagues, students, and parents felt like coming back to an extended family. The shared stories, laughter, and the joy of catching up with familiar faces underscored the deep connections that endure beyond the passing years.

Though our return was brief, every moment spent at Oakridge was filled with emotion and connection. Debra and I had the opportunity to revisit our cherished spaces and share in the vibrancy of the school community. It was a heartwarming reminder of the impact that Oakridge had on our lives and the lives of so many others.

Revisiting Oakridge, where I spent two decades teaching and working, was a profound journey back to my roots. It was within these familiar halls that I learned to love and lead school communities. The power of revisiting one's roots lies in the profound connection to the past, the rekindling of cherished memories, and the reminder of the transformative impact a place can have on one's life. Oakridge, with its warm welcome and familiar faces, served as a reminder of the values and lessons that shaped my journey. As Maya Angelou once said, "The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are." Indeed, revisiting our roots is a liberating and empowering experience that allows us to appreciate our own growth honoring the foundation that helped us become who we are today.

The highlight of our return was undoubtedly the chance to see so many wonderful friends – educators, staff, and families who had been an integral part of our Oakridge journey. The genuine smiles, heartfelt conversations, and the shared passion for education made the visit truly special. As we bid farewell, we left with a sense of anticipation, looking forward to the next opportunity to reconnect with this incredible community.

Until the next visit, we carry with us the cherished memories, the friendships, and the deep sense of gratitude for the place that will forever hold a special place in our hearts. #oakridgeowls #GoOwl

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