I travel with a suitcase full of outrageous blessings.
I am on a quest for truth, beauty, and quiet joy. I am an artist, a writer, an explorer” – Unknown
I am a teacher. Yet the word “teacher” transcends the mere occupation I list on my W2 form. The word defines my identity, purpose, and the most sincere desires of my heart. I feel like my purest and truest self when I am teaching, molding, and instructing others. I experience pure joy and contentment when I step in front of my classroom. I was born…. No, I was created to teach. God made me for a purpose and that purpose is to inspire, encourage and teach.
It is a privilege to impart information, wisdom and knowledge to my students. I feel truly blessed to teach, love and serve all of my students. There are days I get chills when I see them engage, make connections, and apply their brains to solve problems. I love seeing my students transform, day by day, into the young men and women they are destined to become. It is a blessing to get to do what I was made to do each and every day.
Teaching is my calling. Traveling is my passion. And I have been immeasurably blessed to have been able to combine the two.
Two years ago I was awarded a Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant which allowed me to spend the summer researching education systems in Asia. I traveled to 7 different countries observing schools, meeting principals and talking to teachers to learn how Asian teachers teach mathematics.
This year I was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching which is allowing me to spend 5 months observing and researching schools in Finland.
These experiences have provided me the opportunity to mold both my passion for travel and my life’s purpose together. They have allowed me to visit schools in Finland, China, Singapore, Korea and other countries and I have been able to learn from the most successful education systems in the world.
My travels have not only provided me with new teaching tools, concepts and applications for my classroom, but they have also developed my understanding of the world, given me inspiration, direction and a renewed enthusiasm for the mathematics content that I love so dearly.
When I Travel
When I visit other countries I am often asked if I am a tourist. My response is always the same, “No, I am a traveler.” These two words might seem synonymous, but I find them to be opposing concepts.
A tourist visits a location only to take pictures of themselves in front of famous landmarks before returning to their comfortable Americanized hotel. A traveler understands the value of the journey and visits destinations to learn, grow, and authentically connect with life.
Travelers absorb the location, culture and the people around them. The experience becomes a part of who they are and they are transformed. When I travel I become the truest version of myself and feel in harmony with humanity and nature. I am a traveler, a student of the world, and have committed myself to the exploration of new lands, cultures, and ideas.