Day 7: Gratitude #Thankateacher #edblogaday #teacherappreciation
So many teachers, so little time.
Today I found out I was accepted into a two year leadership program that culminates in being certified to be a school administrator. I never, and I mean that: NEVER thought I would be taking this step. There were a plethora of factors that went into the decision to even apply. There was a moment last spring, when I was walking to the subway with my principal and he asked me if I had thought about administration. A year ago, I was not ready. What a difference a year makes.
I am ready and I am excited. I am beating cancer. I know that life is precious and I have to move forward, take risks and evolve. I would not have made this choice if I did not have strong school leadership who I know will mentor and support me through this process. So today, I choose to thank my administrators who have been my champions this year, have had hard conversations, have been transparent and answered so many of my big and small questions.
It's a good time to work at my school and I am lucky to be there.
Oh and: Thank you to...
- Katie O. for writing so many letter back and fourth with me over the years.
- Ms. Val Zwol for letting me self-select the books I wanted to read in 10th grade English.
- Ms. McCellen for finding ways for me to demonstrate my understanding that were outside of the prescribed ways.
- Mr. Ito for making space for me to shine in middle school.
- The staff at my local Parks and Rec Center who helped to teach me the value of work and earning money.
- All the families I baby sat for growing up who trusted me to care for their children and as a result, I developed a plethora of life skills that have served me well.
- Ms. Brown and Ms. Mac for being amazing co-teachers. I got better at what I do through working with you both.
- Gregory, Rachel, Rick, Louise and Jill for spending countless hours in costume shops teaching me and supporting my evolution as theatre artist.
- Lynne Mackey for teaching me, even though I was too slow to be lucrative.
- Marjory for your mentoring and friendship in the trenches. You have been a gift to my life.
- Andy and Vicki because the most important teachers are our parents.