Reflective Colleagues Challenge My Practices


Probably the biggest word that individuals in a professional career fear more than any other. The thought of having all their hours and thoughtful preparation devoured by unsure looks of student confusion is devastating, but it happens (more often than many teachers would like to admit). However, there is still a silver lining at the end of the tunnel … are you ready for it … wait for it … wait for it … yes, a new day comes and you start all over.

In my early years of teaching I beat myself up on lessons gone wrong and salked about my failures. I second guess my career path and wanted nothing but perfection. Fortunately, I came across many top shelf colleagues who have taught me a lot about the art of teaching young people and the compassion it takes to be effective.

Unfortunately, I cannot say there was only one who inspired me, but there were three — Michael King, Laura Allen, and Cathy Anders.

All three of them with different skill sets: Michael — writing integrity, intellectual knowledge, and academic guidance; Laura — the most creative educator I have come in contact with since teacher, a heart for struggling students, and ability to push students forward academically; Cathy — task oriented, ability to relate to parents like no other, and ability of mastering the co-teaching model.

I find my work with each have built me into the educator I have become today. Due to our professional relationships, I know failure will never be an option.



30 Day Blogging Challenge: 7 of 30  Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why?


About briancookeducator

Husband, Daddy, teacher, #Mountaineer, coach, and aspiring school leader | Thoughts are my own.
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