At the end of my speech notes I referenced a phrase penned by Oprah Winfrey “what I know for sure”. What I’ve learned and what I know is that conversations are important to educators. In our interactions with students, families, colleagues and a community of resources and support we rely on these conversations to influence thought and spark ideas.
These last eighteen months have been the most rewarding. Discovering a passion that I didn’t realize I had at the age of 49 was enormous and has been life changing for me. I’ve spent the past twenty plus years working in telecommunications and didn’t realize that learning about policy, theories and programs related to early childhood education would wake a voice I didn’t know I had. As a novice in this field, I am humbled and in awe of the colleagues and instructors who gave their time and their advice as I pursue a new career. You have challenged me to think outside the box and realize just how fluid and robust the field of education is.
In order to lead and inspire, I have discovered that I must give my full time and attention. I must continue to discover new ways to inspire and motivate. I must be willing to be flexible and ethically responsible to my profession, my students and their families. I must continue to investigate and learn new technologies, find new resources and avenues in order to be effective and relevant.
I have no idea what the future holds except for the fact that six months from now, I’ll be a student again working towards building my knowledge base in reading instruction. Success for me would be a student thanking me for giving them hope, inspiring them to follow their dreams, and taking the time to care about them.
To Dr. Embree and my classmates I am so privileged to have called colleagues on my journey, I wish you much success. I intend to continue this blog as a resource and tool as I continue my journey as an administrator and educator. Drop in sometime and share some insight.