My path to teaching looks more like a concept map than a GPS target. In 2nd grade I wanted to be a computer programmer after my parents brought home our first video game, Pong. In 5th grade I wanted to be on Broadway after my mom cast me in our children's church musical. In 6th grade, I discovered the world of camp counseling and knew that I wanted to work with kids the rest of my life. And in 11th grade physics, I gave a nod to engineering when I finally understood why I love taking things apart to figure out how they work.
During each one of these periods in my life, I realized that these all are a part of who I am. But that was it, just a part not the whole. It wasn’t until my Sophomore year in college that I took my first education class on the recommendation of a friend. I fell in love, because education was the whole. Education bundled all those aspects and more into what has become one great, lifelong passion.
After graduating from Taylor University, I began teaching high school science where I learned some tough lessons about education and about myself. It takes courage to step up your game and become a better teacher. It takes courage to be empathetic and develop better relationships with the people around you. And, it takes courage to use your voice and advocate for what you know is right.
Whether living these core values out day to day, advocating for students, facilitating trainings for teachers, or keynote speaking to educators, I model courage, equity, and empathy in and out of the classroom.
Our words and actions can have a profound impact on ourselves, our classrooms, and the people around us. Step into your courage!