You may wonder what my background is, since I have placed myself out here as an facilitator of educator wellness. I have worked as an educator, education consultant, office manager, journalist, author, grant writer, test tube washer, child care provider, homeschooling parent, assessment specialist, trained as a commercial appraiser, and (my most important job) parent.
I was born and raised in Redmond, Oregon, and spent the bulk of my teaching career there teaching 5th grade and middle school mathematics. Truly, I never felt like I belonged in Central Oregon, but I will say my time there brought me many important lessons, and allowed me to connect with some people who have influenced my views on life positively.
At the time of this writing, I am finishing up a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at Portland State University, and am looking forward to working to being a part of the improvement of educator wellness through this blog. The Master’s program has been an valuable part of my ability to bring my ideas into a cohesive plan, which resulted in the development of this blog, and eventually a non-profit organization which I will tell you more about later.
This is the point in my life where I have come to realize that life is short and getting nothing but shorter. I’ve spent enough time doing the practical things in my career that didn’t bring me a great deal of satisfaction, and it’s high time I got with the program and began doing what I’m made to do. My strengths are in creating and participating in collaborative communities, in writing, in facilitating learning, in being myself, and in accepting others for who they are.
This autobiography will change, certainly, as I continue to grow. I’m looking forward to getting to know the many ‘you’s out there. You all have stories to share, problems to solve, and that’s what this is all about, for in doing so, we will all be stronger and better.
Please feel free to comment, or to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear YOUR story.