If you asked me five years ago if I would have ever left the halls of my high school, I would have laughed and said…”No way!” I loved it too much. I still do. I also would not have ever considered leaving my home town…nor would I have seen myself traveling the country to talk about the state of education or collaborating on ideas for change.
There is no way that I could have pictured myself having any form of impact outside of my classroom or city limits. It was not within my reach, vision or possibilities.
I have been fortunate to have had many great experiences since my journey in education began. I always knew that I would eventually train teachers and so did my students as we took great pride in sharing our deepest dreams and encouraging each other. My dreams are possible because of them and I know that I have had great impact on theirs.
A few weeks ago, I submitted my official resignation to my school district and April 1st will be my final day with Arlington ISD, a school district that will always hold a special place in my heart as it really is a spectacular place to learn.
The reality is that to do the work that I believe in and know needs to be done for teachers and students, it is almost impossible to stay within a public education contract. I always said that if it came to be that my time out of school was shifting the focus away from my real job, I would need to make a choice.
And so I did.
The risk is worth it.
I wish that I could share some big earth shattering announcement but I cannot because as with most things done outside of the norm…great impactful ideas take work and many iterations of thinking. What I will say is that during Google Teacher Academy, I wrote a massive “moonshot” and it is very much so happening! As soon as I can share…believe me, I will.
In the meantime, I am scheduled for the next few months to work directly with schools all over the country on learning goals (with technology) for students and teachers. I’ll also be doing more consulting with developers as educator voice is certainly an often absent necessity.
It’s safe to say that my message of creativity, curiosity and innovation isn’t changing. It will only get louder and one goal is for certain…
I plan to move heaven and earth to make sure that all of our children, especially those of poverty and of color, will have the access and opportunity needed to be creative agents of passion and change in this world.
So, with that said….I am not leaving education but spreading my wings.
My passion is to serve and resigning from that isn’t an option.