It seems reflecting has been popular this summer, reading what everyone else has been reflecting made me think about my own career. The successes I’ve collected since graduating with my undergraduate degree have come so plentiful that it seems so hard for even myself to believe I am now where I am at. 10 years ago no one would have imagined me here. I was a shy band geek who was finding myself either in the band room or on the field hockey field with big dreams to be a top egyptologist working in the Cairo Museum working alongside Dr. Zahi Hawass (Yes ladies and gentlemen you may add another notch to my “nerd” belt). Things seemed to change after a while and a new route was formed into the real world that was such a big change.
Now I find myself getting ready to head into my 3rd year of teaching shoulder deep in it all. It has been all about learning how to create the perfect classroom enviroment and form the best program I can for my students. I’ve struggled to get there but in the process I learned a lot, found so much support, figured out who I really am as a teacher (remember? the crazy one in the kilt whose not afraid to do the Hokey Pokey and turn myself about?) and really found my niche in the music education world, technology.
I’d never thought in a million years I would be finding myself with the doors that have been opened, the friends I’ve made or the roads I started traveling down. I’ve learned hard work, passion and a lot of heart can get you a long way, to show compassion towards your students but don’t take it personal if they are rude it might just be a bad day, and always have confidence in what you do. Also, never be afraid to ask for help, you don’t know everything.
It’s only been a few years since I’ve started this whole journey. Without the support I’ve received, the connections I’ve made, and the inspiration and drive so many others have instilled in me I wouldn’t be where I am. I’ve made a strong start, it’s only going to get stronger from here.