Have you discovered your passion and purpose? What makes your heart sing?
I’ve always enjoyed journaling and writing poetry. I even have a children’s book from long ago collecting dust in the back of my closet.
But my writer’s journey really began when my mentor and dear friend was retiring as education director from the same religious school that she founded—before we had books or curriculum–when religious school was just Rita’s vision.
She took me under her wing and allowed my abilities and talents to unfold naturally. She believed in me when I was just a neophyte; and lesson plans, units, and classroom management were exciting but scary. Trying out new lessons was exhilarating, but at the same time they made my stomach queasy—so we often had long talks to allay my concerns. Then she recommended me for the Penn Literacy Network scholarship—which changed my whole perspective on teaching.
I wondered, How do you even begin to thank someone for all of that?
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