"What will be your legacy?"

My mind has been stuck on this question posed to me, “What will be your legacy?” For a day and a half, I have been trying to form my personal mission statement. In honesty, this has been one of the hardest assignments I’ve ever had. What do I want? What is most important to me? Where do I see myself? What qualities do I possess and what qualities do I want to possess? A part of me feels like I am taking a philosophy class and I’m trying to figure out where do I belong in this universe? If I knew the answers to these questions, would I be where I am today?

In this short time period at ISANNELEADS, I have learned new things about myself. I have learned that my list of positive role models does not consist of one famous person. No celebrities, presidents, or discoverers. I could only think of people who have been a part of my life. Even more significant is that my mom is the only female role-model I had on my list. From these role models I have added new words to my vocabulary of what a positive leader consists of: authenticity, passion, and the ability to empowers others.

So I come back to this question of “What will be your legacy?” I do not know the answer to this question yet. However, this conference has allowed me to recognize that it is okay that I don’t have an answer to this. Today in this moment, I can be the best version of myself. And inSeptember when another school year starts, I will try to be the most effective educator and leader in my school by being a hard-worker, trustworthy, passionate, positive, a collaborator, a listener, a good communicator, organized, visible and authentic. Ten years from now, I hope these are the words people are using to describe me.

Jessica - ISANNLEADS 2016