The past 18 months provided excitement, inspiration, anxiety, stress, jubilation, and determination. The comic below displays my journey through each course experience in the program. The program demanded an adjustment and development of what would eventually become my innovation plan for my organization. I researched, I planned, and I developed a model. Every plan needs an outline, and every plan must have a backbone. Now that I have completed this stage in my growth as an educator, I must take what I have learned and promote it effectively throughout my organization using a new model of professional learning. My time in the Digital Learning and Leading program at Lamar University may be over as a student; however, my journey will continue with my colleagues and professors by my side. Using the COVA approach to CSLE could not have resonated more with my personal philosophy and for more information please check out my reading list. A HUGE shout out to all my peers that helped me along my journey and all my professors that facilitated my learning experience while allowing me to personalize my assignments that formed my innovation plan. Stay tuned for updates on the implementation of my innovation plan and new digital tools that can be fused into a blended learning model for your classroom.
I was born into the Mario Lemieux generation of Yinzers (those that hail from Pittsburgh). When I wasn’t on the ice, I was watching his highlights and reading his biographies. The man could do no wrong. He transformed himself into the best professional hockey player in the world and was rewarded by being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease. Mario fought the cancer, came back to the team, and retired with the team that drafted him. Then, when the Penguins organization spiraled downward in the early 2000’s, Mario agreed to turn the millions of dollars owed to him by the Pens into the majority of shares in the company. He continues to hold the majority of the shares and has led the team to five Stanley Cup Championships as a player and owner. Craving the success that Mario had achieved for himself, I practiced those traits of dedication and loyalty. I decided that the Heritage Panthers were going to be my Pittsburgh Penguins. In my first year of teaching, I took on the freshman class sponsorship and a baseball coaching position. By the end of my second year, I was one semester into earning my master’s degree at the school my Heritage colleague recommended. Starting my fourth year at Heritage, I will be trading coaching for collaborating at the district level and looking to start the implementation of my innovation plan within the district. New anticipation comes with the new changes each year. For now, I will continue to work on changing myself first. Piloting the station rotation model in my classroom consistently will be the key to making any kind of large scale change. I will continue my transformation into the best educator I can be with the hope that my decisions lead me from a player to an owner.