In April 2015 I received a message that opened doors I did not know existed. The email read…Congratulations, you’ve been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015. Still today I read that and pause. Wow. Me. This was going to be my opportunity to make a greater impact. Ready or not.
A few short months later, I traveled to the ADE 2015 Institute and was welcomed with open arms into a community of visionary educators. Had we met before? Seemed so.
I am humbled to be surrounded by such passion. Such knowledge. Such generous spirits with an abundance mentality like never before. And now, they are we and I am still in awe of the opportunity that I have been given.
In my attempt to describe the experience of the Institute, I have realized it has taken me 54 days to get to this point. I have circled back to three notes I made while there and won’t soon forget.
- We are: Trusted advisors. Authentic authors. Passionate advocates. Global ambassadors.
Yes we are. I would not have used those terms to describe myself 13 years ago in that classroom 8th graders on my first day of teaching. But now, yes. Proudly, yes.
- Be a force for good in the world.
What a powerful statement. Thank you, Daniel Goleman for that. Yes, do the right thing. Do it all the time. Be that powerful force that drives the good.
- We hope you have found a home.
I have found a home. It is great. It is full of people that work hard to make a greater impact.
To my ADE friends, I see you. I see the impact you are making and I see the purpose behind your passion.
I am grateful for this opportunity. I am humbled to be part of this network of ADEs. I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I am not sure what tomorrow will bring, but I know this: it will be greater than today!