Making It Count

As I reflect on the past 2 ½ days at ISANNELEADS, I can truly say that I feel blessed. Blessed to be here in this place, with these people, in this time, and at this point of my career. As I drove home yesterday, I couldn’t help but think about how transformative this process has been. It is my hope that all of us will inspire others from our schools to attend because of the energy and enthusiasm that we return to our schools with after taking this time away.

As teachers, it is our intention and responsibility to have our students leave our classes each day inspired-- they need us to push on their potential-- to help them to think more about who they are as young people, and who they aspire to become. Over the past few days, the leaders of this program and the speakers have allowed us to do just that-- giving us the material, allowing it to take a journey upstairs in our minds for a bit, then pushing us to take the time to reflect upon how we see ourselves, discover how we will tell our stories, grapple with the way others might see us, and push on our potential to make small incremental changes in our schools when we return.

I am inspired by the work that we have done thus far, I have appreciated the time and energy that has been put in place for us to look inward before we look forward. It’s been an incredible experience, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of “the disciples.”