With a classroom career spanning 35 years across multiple districts and grade levels, some would be ready to hang up their hats. But not Vickie! When she left the classroom, she went on to serve as adjunct faculty at local universities, started her own private educational resource business, and eventually landed in her current role with Region 10’s State Support Team as a consultant and mathematics specialist.
“Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with brilliant educators and amazingly diverse students,” she says. “ My 50 years in education have been absolutely exhilarating, encompassing, extraordinary, exciting, emotional, engaging, enthralling, evolutionary, and exhausting!”
As many veteran educators do, she has her own philosophy on teaching and that’s to never stop learning.
“The best teachers are always in pursuit of their own new learning – implementing strategies, collaborating with others, determining their impact, and always becoming better. Right now, this crisis we are experiencing is forcing educators to find new ways to ensure that all students can and will learn. We must keep learning so that our students can keep learning too.”
It was John Hattie, her favorite education researcher, who said “Know thy impact”.
She certainly knows hers. Over the years, she has heard from many former students about special memories or how she made a difference to them, especially those she inspired to become teachers themselves. “I have been honored in many ways and places throughout my career, but my measure that I treasure the most is knowing my impact.”
SST 10 is certainly grateful for her impact – then, now, and always!
Congratulations on 50 years, Vickie!