My mentor and friend, Tamara Konrade, looked at me during a recent coaching session and explained to me why I feel so passionately about relationships...she said I was all about connections. She said that I want to feel connected to others and I want others to feel connected to me.
She's absolutely right.
(It's always interesting when someone holds up a mirror to your soul. In that moment, you truly learn something about yourself.)
As I flew to the National Principals Conference a week ago, I couldn't wait to connect with the people I've been talking with for two years. I knew they understood my career and my passion, but what I wasn't sure about is if we would connect as well in person as we do on Voxer. You see, I may seem outgoing with a big ol' smile on my face, but I fear rejection. I fear that we won’t really connect. So, to say I was nervous and scared might have been the understatement of the year. (Can you say #middleschoolmemories)
Luckily for me, I had nothing to fear. We all greeted each other like we were long lost friends. We had moments where we laughed until our sides hurt. We had passionate conversations about what our students need to succeed. We even challenged each other's thinking.
It was epic!
Moral of the story:
Principal of PreK-6th Grade