As I continue on this educational journey...I have reevaluated my goals and aspirations... For me at Chapter 50...it is definitely time for an educational shift... I have been an educator for 25 years impacting families' lives and serving my community...But I do seek more... I
I am currently waiting on some job promotions within DoDEA as well as in corporate America... My husband and I have prayed and decided that it is time to leave Germany and pursue other things (Can you believe it after 20 years)... We believe that we need to dig deeper and wider on our job opportunities... We are looking at relocating to San Antonio, TX in 2022...I will retire from DoDEA and use my leadership qualities to empower those individuals that aspire to be educators... I have an interview with an educational consultant agency this week...where I can present my leadership qualities and values about teaching students to different school districts and teachers... Also pursuing my doctoral degree from Bethel will allow me to instruct on a higher level and cultivate the minds of people that have a passion to teach.
So our assignment was to create a timeline of our life experiences and describe in a few brief paragraphs the kind of person and leader that you ultimately want to become. Will I do believe that my life experiences has planned a major role in the kind of leader that I want to be... I have had many struggles, disappointments and adversaries that has molded "Vanessa" into a leader that has integrity, a compassion for people, kind-hearted, and a pillar of strength... I was once told that if I want to be an extraordinary person that I must exhibit extraordinary qualities and don't be a part of the status quo...Be the change that people need to see...
I was introduced to a poem by my auntie Claire who was and still is very instrumental in who I have become..."The Dash"she said that you want people to remember you by your dash...Not really comprehended what she meant by that she read a poem to me that basically stated that To “live your Dash” means to boldly live a life that impassions you while positively impacting your family, friends, community and even strangers. Your Dash need not be perfect; it’s an ongoing journey to living a life filled with joy and intention, and it looks different for everyone.
So I am making a conscious effort daily not to become comfortable or stagnant in my efforts. As Michael Jackson once sang...we need to look at the man in the mirror which in turn is examining self which is the most painful virtue to exercise butt also the most rewarding.