Comfort Zones and Fresh Air

To understand the inspiration of this blog post, I have to take you back to December of 2017. Going to the #OVA (Our Voice Academy) was a moment that changed my life. I met some amazing educators from all over the United States. This was the moment where I learned that I have a strong voice and a great leader and I needed to be an advocate for my students. Lets fast forward to July of 2018 when I was chosen as a Google Innovator in the #LAX18 cohort. At the Innovator Academy, not only did I walk away with a new mindset about education, I walked away with an amazing PLC/friends from all over the world and it added fuel to my strong voice and leadership capabilities.

Lets fast forward to July 27, 2019. For the last eight years, I have been in the classroom as a science teacher and anyone that knows me will tell you that I loved the classroom and the kids. At the same token, I am a life-long learner and I want to be the put in a position where I can continue to grow not only as an educator, but as a human being. A great quote I heard stated “Great things never came from comfort zones.” As much as I loved being a teacher, I knew I was becoming comfortable/stagnant so I decided to take a risk and I accepted a job as a Technology Learning Coach at Scott School in Melrose Park (side note: I was so terrified, that I didn’t sleep the night before accepting the job). This new position was going to create a lot of “what ifs.” What if you don’t like not having my own classroom? What if you hate your commute?  What if you don’t like elementary school? What if I suck at my job?

Even though there were a lot of “what ifs” about changing jobs, the benefits are amazing. First of all, the administration team of Michael Courington and Jennifer Jacobs are so positive and create a positive environment for the teachers and the staff.  In addition, they have given me the opportunity to use my leadership skills in the school and they have given me creative control to make the technology learning coach position to meet students needs. They have given me a breathe of fresh air that I haven’t had in years. The teachers and my fellow technology learning coaches have been extremely supportive in getting me started and allowing me to fly.

I want to thank my #OVA family and my #LAX18 family for giving me the extra energy needed to be a great educator. Without you jump starting this change, I would have remained stagnant as an educator.  Change is scary! If its not scary, then it’s not change, but at the end of the day, I believe educators should and deserve to give themselves a breathe of fresh air and get out of their comfort zones.

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