Running into friends from Kent State in Minnesota at the JEA/NSPA conference – what feels like a long time ago!
In my 12 years of teaching there have been many who have touched my life: colleagues, friends and students. This profession brings people together and develops relationships while we each grow as learners and people.
On this day of Thanksgiving, I’d like to express my gratitude for the folks who have left an impact:
When I was a student:
Margery Kashman, my 12th grade English teacher, the first teacher to really see me and recognize I had a talent for writing. When I was studying to become a teacher, she welcomed me into her classroom to observe and has remained a mentor still. Her passion for literature and teaching made her class one that I enjoyed being in and set me on a course to become an English teacher.
Mr. Scheiner, my 4th grade teacher who helped me transcend family issues and grow as a reader. I accidentally called his daddy once and he never shamed me for it. I will always remember his kindness and passion for teaching.
As a teacher:
Lori Mayo, teacher center lead learner, she caught me at the door in Far Rockaway High School and encouraged me to involved. She supported me with teaching me different pedagogical tools and helped me become the teacher I am.
Sandy Lackovic, a colleague who showed a great deal of ingenuity and creativity in her Science classroom and has a passion for life unmatched by many
Cheryll Jones, my first principal who believed in me before I believed in myself and supported and recognized all the stuff I did for the kids even when others in the school did not.
Colleagues at Locust Valley HS who made my time there bearable: Adele Bolitho, Phil Morris and AnnMarie Gianvanello… you all accepted me, crazy ideas and all.
My WJPS family, there are too many to list, but specifically, my science girls: Jessica Cimini, Genie Mitsiadis, and Georgia Douvres… and my supervisor Nick Jurman who follows me on every wild limb I go out on and always trusts that my passion is in the best interest of the kids.
My Kent State family - After the ASNE Reynold’s Institute in 2011, my life became enriched by the people whom I lived with for 2 weeks. The faculty and my friends will forever be a part of who I am now
My JEA family – You guys have been a great source of journalism knowledge and camaraderie. I love catching up with you at conferences and learning from you all the time. Thanks for your commitment to children and our craft.
My CUE peeps – although I know most of you only through email, or our Google + community, I’ve enjoyed working and learning with you.
My Twitter family – at the risk of starting to name people and leaving folks out – I learn from all of you – every day and you are all worth following… so here are the chats I haunt (visit them and follow the folks):
#sunchat – Sunday at 9am ET with my co-moderators @jamieArmin and @barbarawmadden
#21stedchat – Sunday nights at 9pm ET
#NYedChat – Monday nights at 8:30 ET every other week
#TLAP – Monday nights at 9pm ET
#ColChat – Monday at 9pm ET
#edchat – Tuesday at 7pm ET and 12pm ET
#edchatde – Tuesdays at 2pm ET
#profchat – Tuesdays at 8pm ET
#ntchat – Wednesdays at 8pm ET
#sbgchat - Wednesdays at 9pm ET
#Jerdchat – Thursdays at 8pm ET with my co-moderator @Snidesky
#dadchat – Thursdays at 9pm ET
#satchatoc – Fridays at 8pm ET (I think)
#satchat – Saturdays at 7:30am ET
There are many others and countless people who inspire me, challenge me, and make me better at what I do.
And last but not least, the students – you have all made a tremendous impact on my life- what you teach me in your compassion, desire, and personal trials makes my heart grow. I’m forever changed because of each of you who shares a learning space with me.
Thank you all today and every day.