When I think about leading, I can't help but draw from my athletic background - as an athlete and as a coach.
As an athlete, I had coaches who
- believed in me when I didn't believe in myself,
- made me do things I didn't want to do because they knew in the long run it would make me a better athlete
- pushed me to challenge my limits, physically, mentally and emotionally
- inspired me to be the best ME at whatever I was doing
- developed life-lasting relationships built on trust, empathy, love, and respect
As a coach and leader, I draw from those experiences.
As a leader, I want to
- inspire others to believe in themselves through my belief in them
- encourage others to try new things and step out of their comfort zones
- support others in their professional journeys
- develop life-lasting relationships built on trust, empathy, love, and respect
I also have to answer the question "Why am I an educator?" because it is not just something that I do, it's WHO I AM.
I'm passionate about teaching and learning, and I strongly believe in public education. I do everything I can to make sure students have the best opportunity to have an excellent teacher in their lives. By being a lead learner in the school, I can create greater positive change to benefit more students.
I also love learning and challenging myself to grow. When George sent out the call for educators to join the program, I jumped on it. I knew that I had a lot to share through my experiences as an educator, and I also knew that I would learn a lot from the awesome list of educators who would be a part of #SAVMP.
Thanks for reading!