Day 7: Who is your most inspirational colleague, and why?

Happy Monday! If you’re like me, you’re struggle-bussin’. Bouncing back from the weekend is haaaaarrd.

That being said, I am ecstatic to share about my inspirational colleagues. I feel lucky, because multiple people come to mind.

I’ll begin with the people in leadership at my previous position. Their resilience, focus, and overall tenacity to improve the lives of our students was inspirational to me. I learned so much from just observing these people handle difficult situations involving students, parents, and the community. Everything was focused on the kids. They also brought perspective to times like the middle of the year when we are run-down emotionally and physically, about the nature of our students and why they are at our school. It inspired me to keep going, to keep teaching, and to remember to not dwell on the bad things or take them personally.

I have so many colleagues from my cohort who inspire me to keep coming back to my Miami teaching roots. (Professors and cohort members alike). Even though we’re not in class, we still are able to ask questions when we are having problems and share successes when they happen. It’s inspiring to me because I will ask a question and get a swift (and helpful) response. It’s also inspiring to see the different teaching paths each of us has taken.

At my current position, I am pretty amazed at the caliber of teaching and the “with-it-ness” my colleagues have. They are hard-working and knowledgable, and deeply care about their students’ success. In my short time here, I have seen some pretty inspiring interactions with students who the public sees “at-risk.” My colleagues treat these students just as any other student: with respect and accountability.

 

-S

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