Every year the excitement overtakes me! I can’t believe we are less than two weeks out from the most amazing professional experience I have ever encountered. Normally when one hears the words professional development their face contorts into a look of sheer agony only replicated by a visit to the dentist’s drill. However, this week long (yes I said WEEK!!!) professional development opportunity is the bee’s knees! I am so thrilled and honored to be a continued part of this event.
In 2015 I attended the Keystone Technology Innovators Summit. Little did I know at the time how much of an impact this event would have on my life and career! I was scared to death. Why in this world would I want to travel away from my family for a full week, during my summer vacation, with a group of complete strangers?!? The answer was, I didn’t. I struggled right up to the point of attending with idea of backing out. However, I allowed myself to step outside of my comfort zone and explore the possibilities. No regrets here, because this girl was hooked from Day 1!
From the amazing Star treatment at arrival and every AM, to the interactive and personal, small group sessions I have never experienced a professional development opportunity like this prior. I met such amazing people who supported and encouraged me even when I was being a total “teacher geek!” I had found my tribe and I was delighted. It was nice to know there were others out there that spoke my lingo and dreamed my outlandish dreams.
After attending Summit, I couldn’t let go of the euphoria! I met with my administrators and talked their ears off about all I had seen and learned. I wrangled grants, grew resources for my students, and gained confidence. This growth in confidence helped me to land new job opportunities, present at conferences, serve on a state board and return to the professional development event that changed me forever.
Since #kti2015 I have served as a lead learner. This is my passion. The opportunity to pass the torch onto a new sea of shining stars each year reignites my passion and reminds me why I chose to teach. This is my third year returning to Summit as a lead learner and the overwhelming lack of time, butterflies, and piles of To Do Lists are forces with which to reckon! However, I am eager to return and watch a new sea of stars rise into the skies and take the lead on their passions.
Stay tuned for the magic at #kti2018 there will be things to learn if you lurk.