I knew that I was not going to be retired as a music teacher for a long time. I saw this year as an opportunity to explore and experiment with new activities and expand my interests. Over the past months I have:
- Attended a Beethoven class as part of the Northwestern University Alumni Continuing Education series.
- Had the freedom to attend and present at any conferences.
- Joined my church’s bible study.
- Taken two Photography classes at Chicago Botanic Garden.
- Joined my neighborhood book club.
- Been a part of the edreach.us network and currently host the aRTs Roundtable weekly podcast series.
- Had the freedom to help out my mom, who retired only months before me.
But trying to find “my people” who view the direction and issues that face the education in the world today the same why I see it is difficult to find. I was extremely lucky in my teaching career to have a positive environment of learning and respect. Also in my teaching career had an environment of fear, negativity and mistrust. I wanted that positive force in my second career. I wanted a group of educators that see the need to constantly change with the times, passionate about what they do, and view education as a personal relationship with students, colleagues, administration, and parents.
Then an opportunity arrives at my hands. An opportunity to continue my passion to change and mold the future of education. I am taking the position as “Technology Coordinator” at the Golden Apple Foundation. Their tag line “Transforming Teachers and Teaching” is exactly what I want do. I will transition as a consultant starting March 6, 2012, then work with the Golden Apple Scholars in the summer before working full-time at the Foundation in August.
This is a right turn. Music has always been a part of my life and I will continue to be a strong supporter of the arts and arts education. I will continue to mentor new music educators and give back to the music education community anyway I can. As I no longer will be teaching music, I will be using my musical skills of collaboration, passion of positive relationships with others, and the understanding of “practice,” makes perfect model in my new career.