If you happen to read this post, I would like to thank each and every student for the opportunity to do what I do best: teach in a classroom. I enjoyed  our classes together, and I hope that I helped set you in the right direction. If you work as diligently as you have already, you'll be developing websites in no time. Or by mid-August, anyhow.

You may recall my mentioning that I am more of a teacher and web designer than a true web developer, and the folks in charge have decided that your instructor should have more years of experience in building JavaScript from the ground up. I did not disagree with them, since I knew it was going to be a challenge for me to be able to teach something that I implement (daily) but do not create all on my own. I am proud to say that I never misled anyone about my skills, but I can understand that some people either made assumptions about what I knew or were using me as a fill-in until someone else was found. The good news for you is that you will be able to boast about really knowing JavaScript after you complete this course, unlike me.

I wish you the best in the front-end web developer class. I already have a job teaching English in the fall, so I probably won't be seeing you at any web developer job fairs. Here's a link to my resume website so that you can get an idea how a web designer might implement the creations you'll be working on--lots of links to sites I've built on the bottom. If you just want something interesting to read, try some of my articles about being new to the Jacksonville area on NewJaxWitty. It's just a blog, so no special design there. You can contact me through the contact page, if you want.

I'll be taking back all my JavaScript books to the library now, so please check out one or more when you get to that part of class. Or try a thrift store or used book store. Remember to use W3Schools and to keep practicing. It's taken me a decade to get really good at some parts of building websites, and you only have a few months.

My last lesson for you is to remind you that in a world of suits, you're going to have to have thick skin. Not everyone is going to give you respect, whether you have a degree in computer programming, a rigorous web developer course, or a knack for learning all on your own. Take every opportunity and work hard to prove that you are worthy of that chance. If someone pulls you down, you know what to do.

Thanks again. I hope to see you around JAX in the near future.

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