As I write this, it’s just a little over eight years since I made the decision to get my teaching degree.
At the time, I had no idea what I was really choosing to do. All I knew was that the job I had was killing me and destroying my little family and I had to do something different.
So, it was teaching. Little did I know that I stumbled into what had always been my life’s calling.
After the first year of my teacher training, I was a bit disillusioned. I thought I had made a mistake. Then, I went to an educational technology conference and it all clicked.
Until those three days, I was still thinking in my head like Bono from U2 that, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”
But over the course of three days, I found exactly what I was looking for in the past 20 years. And I dove in. Hard. As I finished up my Bachelor’s degree and my student teaching, I was a different teacher. I had a purpose.
And that purpose has carried me since then through the classroom, multiple presentations and conferences, and into my current position as a digital learning coach.
Steve Jobs once said,
We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
And I took that as my battle cry into every classroom and school I went to over the past eight years. In my mind, being an educator gives me a chance to put more dents in the universe than any other profession. Having the opportunity to guide students and help them on their way to understanding their world and their part in it is the greatest honor of my life.
So, if you work with me or work around me and are sometimes taken aback by my passion, my drive, my willingness to do more, please remember this:
I choose to be an educator and I’m just trying to make some dents.