A December to Remember

This has been one of the most amazing Decembers for me, professionally. I feel the need to document it somewhere.

December 5, 2014:
I was given the most amazing opportunity to participate in the Blue Ribbon Schools Conference being held at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando. I met one of my Twitter pals, Kerry Gallagher, and several of her coworkers, her principal, and her Assistant Superintendent. They are all remarkable educators. We spent that evening at Epcot together as a team. It was clear they cared very deeply for each other and their students. Conversations varied from educational theory to plans for the future in our classrooms. It was truly a remarkable time.

December 6, 2014:
Edcamp Manatee in beautiful Sarasota, FL was our agenda this day. I say our because I had the pleasure of spending the day with Kerry Gallagher again. She was able to attend because her Assistant Superintendent saw the value in having her attend her first Edcamp. I loved being able to share this experience with her. It was what inspired me to start working on EdcampBranford when I returned to my own school the next week.

December 11, 2014:
Just at the end of the school day, there was an announcement that I was one of three finalists for Teacher of the Year for my campus. I was surprised to say the least. The other two educators are amazing women that work diligently to provide their students the best education possible. It was a tremendous honor to be listed along with them.

December 12, 2014:
During lunch, an announcement was made. I happen to be visiting the school bookkeeper and didn’t hear it at all. I did hear the secretary try to call me in my classroom. When I went to see what she needed, she said, “Congratulations.” I had won. I was this year’s Teacher of the Year! Wow! I didn’t know what to say. I am still amazed when I think about it.

But wait, there’s more.

December 15, 2014
I got a message saying I needed to be on Voxer ASAP!  Ashley Hurley had posted a picture that would blow me out of the water yet again. Our poster session proposal about our Connected Educators Coast to Coast GHO/Twitter night had been accepted by ISTE! Again, WOW!

December 18, 2014
There was an intercom message calling students and teachers to the auditorium. There was no email telling us what was happening. Students and teachers were buzzing about what might be the news. Once we were all in the auditorium, our Principal came to the microphone and announced that our school grade had gone up to a B! This was a great achievement for our school. It felt like a pep rally!

This has been an overwhelming month. The truth is that my students are the reason for all of this. They are my encouragers, and the reason I strive to continue learning. I want to be the best I can be because they deserve the best I can provide. Actually, they deserve even more than that. They deserve the best WE provide.

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