Recently, my daughter entered me in a contest sponsored by the Chicago Blackhawks and the University of Phoenix to honor "Top-Shelf" teachers. Much to my surprise, and hers, I won. (She must be an amazing writer!) I have been out of the classroom now for eight months and have truly loved every moment of my new position. When I learned that I had won the contest and been named a "Top-Notch" teacher I felt a bit guilty since I am no longer in the classroom. My daughter told me that she had included that fact in her essay which made me feel a little better. As always, I reflected on this experience. It is humbling to know that someone thinks so much of what you do that they take the time to nominate you. I go to work everyday truly feeling blessed that I get to work where I do and finally realize how true that old saying, "if you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life" is. It took me thirty-eight years to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow-up. I started college at the age of thirty-five and graduated at age thirty-eight. If you aren't doing what you love to do, I encourage you to change that. I am so happy that I persevered through all the difficult moments so that I was able to achieve my goal of being a college graduate and a teacher. You are never too old to accomplish your dreams.
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A bit about me:
I am who I am thanks to God, my parents, my family, and my friends. My life is driven by faith. Oh, and I am a cancer survivor.