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How Will You Be Remembered?

By AAEE — April 28, 2015 2 min read
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Welcome Back Educators! This is week 4 of... The ABC’s of Being a “Professional” Educator

How will you be remembered?

Your legacy begins with the guts to join the Movement and be part of the change that you seek to see.

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.
(Hint: it takes two)

A leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed. As a follower joins, it’s no longer about the leader, it’s about them. If you think about it, the first follower is really demonstrating a form of leadership; it take guts to stand out like that.

Whether you are a leader or follower the “Movement” is building an educational environment with GREAT educators who are...

Humble Kind/Respectful Enthusiastic Those that “Show” versus “Tell” Willing to learn from others

Here’s a few who have joined the movement...

Rita Pierson- A champion in Education - this teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’”

A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Rita was one of the country’s most passionate and committed contemporary educators - an advocate for all students, especially those from impoverished backgrounds. Learn more...

Monica Abuliak
- “I believe as though it’s my job to be that agent of change and to show them you have someone here who is willing to work with you, advocate on your behalf and help you navigate high school.”

Her principal, Christopher Berry, says many educators express beliefs that all children can learn and succeed, but “Monica lives it every day. I think she has a skill set that is rare, and she’s just relentless. She comes to work every day with her sleeves rolled up.” Read more...

Dawn Blevins- “It (a holistic approach) just gives me the drive to make a difference,” she said. “It never makes me sad. It energizes me.”

Her principal, David Stewart said a majority of students make more than a year’s worth of academic gains under her guidance, even though some start far behind state benchmarks.

“Dawn gives everything she can to those kids,” Stewart said. “I don’t think she realizes how big of an impact she has on kids.” Read more...

Knowing the qualities of “greatness” can help teachers strive for the highest standards throughout their career.

Be sure to Leave a Legacy of your own.

It’s been nice empowering professionals who are educating the next generation of leaders.

Jane E. Hussey, Coordinator

Marie Sullivan, Director

Career Development

Rivier University

Nashua, NH

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