This morning I had coffee with a colleague whom I’ve come to admire greatly. Shannon Smith is a VP in our board here in Ottawa. As I’ve posted before, I find her work, her conversations and her thinking to be a source of inspiration to me as I wrestle with the role of administrator and teacher. Sometimes I feel guilty that I’m riding on her coattails (but her coattails are awesome!). She recently wrote and posted on her blog about women in education that she found inspirational as part of her celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. She’s invited women in education to guest post, and it’s a brilliant way to commemorate the influential women in our profession.
Part of our coffee chat this morning touched on my kids. Both my kids are hitting milestone ages this year: My daughter Adrienne will be turning 18, and my son Alexander (Alex) is hitting his 16th year (hence the adriander for those of you who follow me on Twitter). If you do the math (I’m 37), you’ll note that I was 19 when I became pregnant, in my first year in university. Since then my life, I should say my family’s life, has been unconventional in ways. But along the journey, I have met people that have inspired me to perservere, to reach, and to grow. Even more so, once I joined the teaching profession, I found myself surrounded by men and women who have and continue to inspire me and others as we work daily to help kids be successful. In Shannon’s spirit, I too am extending the invitation to educators to write about their journeys and experiences in the field of education. I am excited to hear and share in their stories.