Knowing who we are

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
Kofi Annan

Educators have chosen to be educators, and for the best this choice was based on a belief that they can make a difference in their students’ lives. Lately educators have come under great scrutiny. No matter how many times you are criticized and judged, never forget ‘what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there’. The passionate educators know that what they do does make a difference. They don’t compromise their position, nor do they stop thinking of their students and what is best for them.

With new mandates, duties, assessments, and obligations we educators need to keep the eye on the prize: student success. Knowledge is power, and no student should be denied that power.

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan

footnote: Yes I’m now an administrator, but I believe I am an educator first and foremost. I may have administrative duties, but my sole purpose is to help educate the students and staff of my district. I was asked this week, “What do you want to be when you grow up.” My answer: I am grown up, and I am an educator. Something I chose to be. I know where I stand, where I’m going and why I want to get there. It’s all for the students.

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