More than any other time in my life, I feel like I’ve got a lot going on. It’s hard for me to fully define myself by just one aspect of my very busy day-to-day. I see myself through a lot of different lenses…
Needless to say, I love my students. They keep me inspired to work harder every day and make me want to be a life-long learner myself. I’ve had the privilege of learning with these students, or ones very much like them, for going on 14 years now…. It makes me feel old, but it keeps me young.
I also truly and honestly believe that the best teachers are the ones that listen to those that are wiser than they. I teach collaboratively in 3 of my courses this year and have become a better teacher because of it. It takes two to tango– and to provide a rich environment for kids.
My collaborative experiences have made me want to share my knowledge with others. As the English Department Team Lead, I want to make sure that none of my fellow English Colleagues “get left behind,” so I cherish the work I get to do with them every Monday through Friday. Together we are providing meaningful reading and writing experiences for our students.
What can I say… this little booger helps me decompress after a busy, busy day. While I don’t have any two-legged babies, I do have this one fur baby, and she is the apple of my husband’s and my eye. She is REALLY spoiled, but she deserves it for all of the love and snuggles we get in return.
And when all else fails, this is what reins be back in when too much of “this” or too much of “that” gets too overwhelming. Running is my get-it-all-out, have-time-with-friends therapy. I’m not speedy, but I am persistent. I’ve tackled 4 full marathons and over a dozen half marathons. Some people think that it makes me a little crazy, but I really think it is keeping me sane.