I say this statement with utter truth. Have you ever heard Steve Dembo speak? I mean…REALLY speak. I love hearing Steve speak because he reminds me of my mother…how she communicates her passion through her voice. When she speaks, you KNOW that she feels her words within her soul. Steve Dembo is the same. It’s beautiful to bear witness to that. He reminds me of home…where I first learned what passion meant.
I have been fortunate to have had a career in a field that I LOVE. I can’t think of a single lesson that I did not love teaching because I saw every moment as a opportunity to teach kids who needed me. That entire thought is empowering in and of itself. I am passionate about teaching KIDS.
Leaving the classroom did not mean that I lost my passion. See, I always knew that I would eventually work with teachers because I know, without a doubt, that if I can reach teachers then that enables me to reach even MORE KIDS…very much so within my passion.
While I may not be in my hometown using what I’ve learned to feed my community, I believe that we all take a little piece of us everywhere that we go. WIthin the crevices of my being are pieces of my mother, my community, my school and my students who have been a source of inspiration along the way.
I have been honored by my students and teachers who have felt compelled to communicate what learning from me meant to them. It really is an humbling, yet amazing feeling. However, the greatest feeling on earth is being there in that moment knowing that I am helping them to understand that which was perplexing. Has it always been easy? No! Passion for what I do makes it so. Every person that I have encountered in my career, good or bad, has a piece of the part of me that is driven to push farther.
When I speak, teach, write and share, they are all a part of what I do…wrapped within my words and my voice. If I can touch any learner the way that passionate voices touch me, then I am fulfilling what I believe that I am called to do.