To me, my role as an educator means being an adult leader. Though I am a leader, I cultivate giving students permission to judge me and evaluate my instruction by suggesting ways I can improve, revealing my vulnerability, thus creating space for students and I to join together in both the process and in the struggle which is required in learning.
In light of the pandemic, K-12 education is being reexamined by society and from different points of view. It remains to be seen which voices are going to prevail in moving education in an entirely different trajectory. As an educator, my challenge is to not allow the increased prevalence and use of technology to replace affect or the human touch and ability to relate person to person. It is also my lesson to learn that I am deserving of rest and relaxation along with staying grounded. I draw upon Scripture for support and personal inspiration. One that has continuously come to mind throughout my educator journey is Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”