My Journey As a Teacher
I have been teaching for over a decade. From being captain in high school, to being an officer on my collegiate dance team, to being a dance teacher at a local dance studio for 3 years, to my current role as a dance team director—- all of these experiences have molded and shaped me into being a great leader and an effective teacher.
The Difficult Phase
Here’s the catch-I haven’t always taught dance. My biggest teaching experience was when I taught English and Speech. I HATED it! Although I grew as an educator, I realized that I missed dance. I was very miserable and unhappy in that position because it was not serving my passion or my goals. This only made me dream bigger and work harder. I kept myself focused on dance by linking with my good friend Danielle to work with her & her dance students on a regular basis. I set a plan for myself to become a dance educator, start training again, and eventually to become a professional dancer/ choreographer.
Finally, after 4 very very long years, I was blessed to become a high school dance teacher and dance director. That extra time and energy I spent keeping myself focused and connected to dance paid off. When my team DOMINATED 2 competitions in a row, I was happy to be sharing my craft in a meaningful way, and I knew that I could reach new levels in my personal career.
The Full Circle Moment
Fast forward 6 months past the height of a global pandemic, I began my training again, and after 2 short months, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach commercial classes. To be honest, I was not ready! I felt like I needed to train more, I needed to become a better dancer, I didn’t know a lot of people in the dance community, and a million other reasons why that was not the right time. But the truth is, I am ready, I’ve been ready, I was born ready. All of my experiences, especially those 4 years in the classroom, set me up for this very moment. It’s crazy because I didn’t see that until now.
So why do I still choose to be a student, when I’m confident in my role as a teacher?
Glad you asked:
THE TEACHER AS THE STUDENT
I’m saying all of this to say, if I don’t know anything else, I know that I was made to teach. I come from a family of educators, and I have walked an interesting journey that has landed me right where I am today. We may not always know where our paths will lead us or what obstacles we may face along the way, but if you trust your journey by working towards your goals everyday, you’ll end up right where you want to be.
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