Perspective. Is the glass half full or half empty? Our attitude determines our altitude. We cannot see the forest for the trees. Yada, yada, yada. However trite, there is truth to this.
Before my years in education, I spent over a decade in the business world. The transition between the two was culture shock. I was suddenly immersed into the world of Curriculum Mapping, Teacher Evaluation, and the Common Core (oh my). Dorothy, you are no longer in Kansas!
It was a totally different work environment and it took some adjusting on my part. Though it all, I was grateful for the experience and thoroughly loved being a teacher. I learned more things than I ever thought I would, and I learned some things I really never wanted to (If it is wet, and not yours, don’t touch it!) I was eager to learn more about my profession, how to be better, and so availed myself to many of the professional development opportunities offered by CABOCES. I distinctly remember going to a training and thinking to myself, “Now that is something I would like to do”.
Fate is a funny thing. Here I am, suddenly immersed into the world of SNAP, Digital Resources, and CoSers (oh my). It is another totally different work environment and will take some adjusting. I have no doubt that my years in the school system will make me a more well-rounded Staff Specialist and shape my perspective. In many ways I feel like Robert Frost. I have taken the road less traveled…and it has truly made all the difference. Let’s all be part of that difference!
Alexandra L. Freer
Staff Specialist for Digital Resources & Technology