Saturday, August 17, 2013

Everything I Know I Learned From My Mother

As I prepare to embark on the new school year I feel it is important to remind myself why I am passionate about education. Not only that, but I should remember the roots of my passion. With that being said, I don't have to look any further than my mother.
My mom has been an early education phenomenon for over thirty years. She has poured her heart and soul into the hundreds of kids that have passed through her doors. One of those students was me. So the question is, what did I learn from being a teacher's kid, that has impacted my career in education? Well my initial response would be, what haven't I learned from my mom that has impacted my career as an educator? But for the sake of this blog, I will narrow it down to three.

1) Being an Educator is not a job, it is a lifestyle. I could always find my mom reading the latest research on brain development or speech therapy. I remember her planning through the summer and having conversations with tons of people about what they can do at home to further their child's learning. She always had time for family but she never turned off teaching mode because that's just who she is.

2) Each child is unique and it is our job to meet them where they are. Many teachers struggle with students and say, "they should know this." My mom was never like that. She had kids who were very advanced in the same room as students who didn't speak yet. It didn't matter because she always focused on meeting the students where they were and taking them as far as she could.

3) There are good days and bad, but if your students know that you care about them, learning will always prevail. My mom had some pretty rough stories from her years in the classroom. But she never showed any signs of giving up. No matter how bad the home life was, or how angry the child was, she loved them. That stuck with me so much so that I often find myself choking up when talking about my students.

I say all this as if she were finished but the truth is she is still teaching and working to perfect her craft everyday. I look at kids who graduate from the high school and smile because I know that some of those same students started with her.
So as the year starts, remember those three lessons I learned from mom. Because at the end of the day, we work to improve the lives of kids. Leading is Teaching.


  1. Nice post! I had totally forgotten that your mom was a teacher. Good luck with the new school year!

  2. I believe whole heartedly with you and your mom. It is hard not to get emotional when we think of our students. We see them through their struggles and we watch them grow as they find their way and then gradually we see these amazing super stars emerging. Each day is not measured by a paycheck, but instead by what can I do to help my students and how can I make tomorrow a better day then today. I also think it is so important that we as teachers meet our students where they are at and do all we can to motivate and encourage each and everyone of our students to become the best they can be and as we see a student who once was sad, who had no hope and who didn't believe emerge into a super star that is where the payment comes in.
    I am so proud of the success you have found and I am extremely happy that you are the Director of Charter. You will and are a great leader at Minarets.