Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Teacher of the Year" Honor (+ One of My MANY Issues)

Hey, guys. Hope everyone's having a good week. Mine's been pretty good.  It certainly hasn't been as busy (or as cool!) as last week, but I guess normalcy is good, too. 

Today I'm finally posting that I won an award a few weeks ago. Took me long enough, but more on that in a minute... 

Earlier this month, I was named the Alabama Business Education Association Secondary Teacher of the Year. I was surprised to be nominated, and even more surprised to learn I'd be taking home the honor. 

I actually debated posting this to my blog, but got a wake-up call when I talked to my dad on the phone last night. Want to know how he found out that I'd won the award?  On the Internet. 

That's right, y'all, I didn't even tell my parents. 

It's not that I wanted to keep it a secret - it's just that I don't really do well with praise. I have issues, and this is one of 'em.  People KNEW about it, I guess - a few friends, other co-workers, and relatives found out through Facebook and Twitter posts from other organizations (local paper, school district, etc.).  But that was it. I never flat-out told anyone, "I won an award!" 

Who doesn't tell their PARENTS they won an award, though?  That would be me, the weird one. So after I felt awful last night that my dad found out by hearing it somewhere else, I called my mom. 

"Hey, Mama.  Whatcha doing? What are you eating?  How was your day?  Oh, I need to tell you that I won an award a few weeks ago.  Yes, at that conference from a MONTH AGO..." 


Of course my parents are super proud. I just loved my dad's reaction. He has this way of making me feel like the smartest girl in the world.

Anyhoo, so once it became official (when the parents and parents-in-law finally learned about it), it became blog-ready! :)

It's crazy that I considered not posting it here - I guess I kinda forgot what my blog is about.  I write this blog for a few reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is the hope that my children and their children will one day read its contents (maybe through some type of book or Internet archive).

I want them to know that I loved what I did for a living, and that I worked hard at it.  Those are my wishes for them, too - DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND GIVE IT YOUR BEST.  And this award for me is evidence of that.

On another note, I would not have this award if it weren't for my co-workers. I am really just a product of my environment, y'all. The business department at my school is top notch -- teachers who are smart, savvy, hardworking, and student-focused -- and they've guided me in ways they probably don't even realize.  Particularly in this case, they've shown me the value of being a lifelong important it is to be involved in professional associations. If it were not for their guidance in this way, I would have never even gotten a chance to be nominated for this award. I am very grateful for them.

I appreciate all the kind words and congratulations I've received.  It makes me blush every time, but it still feels really good. 

The picture above is kinda dark and grainy, so you can't really see the plaque.  But here it is.   

Honestly this picture is really for me because I've been known to lose stuff like this.  I don't hang these like normal people.  I've never even framed and put up my degrees (they're *ahem* somewhere in my closet...). But maybe, just maybe, I can make this a small project for this summer...

Anyhoo, enjoy the rest of your week!


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