Recently, I completed my degree requirements with an amazingly fulfilling student teaching semester. A few months later, I attained state certification to be a teacher. While these were significant achievements, I treated them as mere steps towards my goal with little fanfare. When my wife asked if I was excited to walk in this spring's commencement, I was indifferent seeing it as just another step. I viewed all the hard work and sacrifice during the past 45 months as a foundation for the future. However, as today's ceremony drew nearer, I began to appreciate my accomplishment. I even grew increasingly emotional about it.
I've been thinking about all the genuine encouragement from family, friends, and acquaintances who know about my journey. I recall sharing my decision to leave a wonderful career that I loved and the many colleagues who wished me well. I think back to presenting a TEDx talk to spark young men and women at my former high school to define their dreams. I am grateful when caring, experienced educators have generously shared their expertise and given me their confidence. One recent moment that has made me particularly emotional is hearing from a young man how I inspired him to pursue his own passions.
I also cry when I think about my mom who would have been so darn proud of me today.
As I continue to share my journey with my children, I know they have learned a great life lesson. They have motivated me. Additionally, none of this would be possible without my wife who has been my biggest fan and has provided a tremendous amount of support in countless ways.
I am so extremely humbled by all the love, support, well wishes, and encouragement I continue to receive. Just thinking of the many kind words have moved me to tears throughout writing this blog post. Thank you so very much.
The journey is far from over however. Now, back to work towards my goal of being an effective educator!