The theme this school year seems to be push the limits! Not only did I start grad school, I started a new position in the district. With these new ventures have come some pretty great success, many learning experiences, and some funny stories. One of my new passions is presenting at conferences. I can't explain the joy it brings. When I look out into a room full of educators and share something I am passionate about; knowing that they are there to learn from me pushes me to be the best that I can be. This past December (2015) I had the absolute pleasure of presenting at a conference with someone I truly respect. It was a fantastic learning experience and so much fun. When we were brainstorming on a topic for our proposal I was feeling a little intimidated and when a topic was suggested I knew I wanted to do it even though I did not really know much about it. So, a proposal was written and it was accepted. Then the pressure was on. I needed to make sure that I did the research and was up to date on all the latest information. The pressure to do my best so that I did not embarrass myself in front of my director was real. In the past, the presentations that I have given have been developed by my co-presenter and then I was assigned a portion. This time it was different. I was putting the bones of the presentation together and then together we tweaked it and shared ideas. It was so refreshing and fun. It really was a fantastic learning experience. I am so grateful for all of the growth opportunities that I have had this school year and am open and ready for more. Don't be afraid to learn and try something new, don't be afraid to let someone tweak your ideas, don't be afraid to look at something from a different perspective, it may lead to something you never thought could happen.
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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.