Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Final Farewell to my Walden friends

Three deep felt learnings from this program:

1.      Respect is a vital part of all communication. You need to have respect to build trust and trust to build a relationship.  Through this class I have learned to look inward and understand my place in the world and how my experiences have influenced my perceptions.  I have learned about what I have to say to better understand how it my be heard by someone with different values and cultural them myself.  I have learned to use language that is inclusive of all families.

2.      Education is a commitment to continual improvement.  Through this program I have gained the skills to research and review article in my field tha twill help me to stay current on best practices in early childhood education.  I have learned that education is simply a choice to keep learning and improving.

3.      I have learned that anything is possible.  My collaborating with others in this field I now know that great things can be accomplished.  Together we are stronger than any single person or agency.

 My long-term goal

            My goals are to mentor new teachers in this field through my work at Head Start.  I hope to continue to move up in responsibility within my agency and perhaps one day work for Head Start on the Federal level.

Farewell Message

We have all been together on a wonderful journey that has consumed the last almost two years.  It seems so long ago that we started out and I remember looking at the list of classes and wondering how I would ever accomplish all of that while working full-time and still spend time with my family.  I took a picture of my Granddaughters when I started school and I kept it as my computer screen saver to help remind me how quickly we were algrowing. 

Here are the same two girls 22 months later

To Dr. Terri Davis, thanks for all our help in fine tuning my APA.  Thanks for putting up with all my questions about the project and your feedback.  I have enjoyed this class and you are an awesome teacher. 

As Nelson Mandela once said, “ It only seems impossible until its done”.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Association of international Educators is a nonprofit organization that focuses in all areas on international education.  NAFSA studies trends and impacts in education on an international level.  They look at how other countries are educating their students and what percent of those students end up coming to the United States.  There are some interesting job categories listed on the website, however you had to pay to post your resume and see the specifics of the jobs.

International Early Childhood Education Foundation (ICF)
ICF has an international early education service that began in India in 2007, to combat some of the dramatic changes that were happening in early childhood education at that time. Changes included updating national standards, developing a national licensing and accreditation system, a child care and resource system as well as professional development system


United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Is an organization that was developed in 1945 to work towards lasting peace through moral and humane solidarity.  Currently they have positions available for teachers in many countries including China and Russia.  A job that specifically interested me was working in Africa in the field of AIDS education.  There were also positions working in the field of gender equality as well.  The average age for a worker in this organization is under 32.  I am a little too old to be starting a new career in world education but it is a very interesting project.