Quick disclaimer: this does not mean that I do not like PE, teaching at a behavior school, etc. It simply means that I taught social studies for 11 and a half years and sprinkled in almost a year of tech coaching. I miss social studies, I miss sharing my knowledge of social studies with students, and I miss being able to use technology in exciting and engaging ways and sharing my love for technology with my peers. Teaching PE at a behavior school is an interesting challenge every day and for the time being, it is something that I am enjoying; I miss my previous career path too much to want to continue down this road for a few decades.
This coming weekend, I will be going to the San Gabriel Valley CUE Innovation Celebration to learn with nearly 700 educators. So many people that I now call friends will be attending, presenting, and even keynoting this event and I am very excited to see them socially and professionally.
The tragedy in Las Vegas, my home for the past 12+ years, hit me hard as well. It put into perspective a lot of things, namely how brave so many people were on that night, the outpouring of support that so many were willing to offer in the days following, and how there is still a lot of good in this world in the face of so much that is evil, including, but not limited to gun violence, racism, homophobia, terrorism, and more. It also put into perspective how many lives that I have had an impact on over the course of my career. Even if only one former student comes to me and tells me what a positive impact that I have had on them, that is enough to continue to impact more lives.
|Too many memories of this... photo courtesy of
Until next time...