Last year for Christmas I received and read the book One Word That Will Change Your Life written by Jon Gordon. After a few days I decided my word for 2015 would be “determined”. It’s now almost September and it’s still a perfect word for me and something I reflect on often. I am more determined than I have ever been in my life.
Personally, I set out on a health goal of eating healthier and exercising more. I was determined to lose weight and get in better shape. I’ve done exactly that! I joined a running group, will run my first official race on Labor Day, and have lost over twenty pounds so far. I am determined to continue.
My professional determination is what I am most proud of today. In January I decided that I no longer would allow routine and familiarity be my continual, easy way of life if it was not driving me to be a better educator. I was determined to find another position in my district. I put in a request, and I’m lucky to say that I am now a high school intervention specialist. I am determined to make this year one of growth, learning, exploration and success. I am thrilled with my decision to try something different.
I am determined to continue to grow as an educator and a future administrator. I stepped outside my comfort zone and reached out to two extraordinary leaders in public school administration and asked if they would take me on as an intern this year. They both were willing to teach and work with me in nontraditional ways throughout this year so I can have the skill set I need when I start looking for administrative jobs.
I am very fortunate for the opportunities that I have been given this year. I am determined to grow, to grow with my colleagues, and to grow my students.
I am determined that the rest of 2016 will be as fulfilling as the start has been.