Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pretty major news (for real)

Some of you may remember a couple of years ago, when Ron Clark was the featured speaker at one of our corporate events to kick off the new school year. He is an incredibly motivating speaker, teacher and individual--getting to meet him at the book signing was easily the highlight of that year.

http://premierespeakers.com/ron_clark/video/3543

Last year, he opened up the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. He's a teacher there and every other teacher is also a Teacher of the Year. By graduation, these inner-city students will have visited 6 of the 7 continents. This is a great video that provides an inside-glimpse of his school and its philosophy (it's 9 minutes but it's so incredibly worth it):

http://premierespeakers.com/ron_clark/video/12062

Just watching this video inspires me. But as of today, I don't have to settle for watching the video.

I'M GOING TO THE RON CLARK ACADEMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SPENDING A DAY **IN HIS CLASSROOM**, WATCHING HIM IN ACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND MY SCHOOL IS PAYING FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last year, my school sent a group of teachers. I didn't get to go and I was, truly, heartbroken. However, the teachers who DID go came back so fired up that this year, TWO groups of teachers are going--and I found out today that I was part of the first group. I almost cried. This opportunity means so much to me, and frankly, I needed a shot of Happy right about now.

I go the week before Thanksgiving and I cannot be happier. This could truly be a life-changing experience.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!

sparkydiva said...

awesomeness. congratulations. i love the movie. he is one cool dude.

Renee said...

I have head-to-toe goosebumps for you!!!! How frickin mind-blowing is that gonna be?! My chills will not go away. This is so cool!

anna said...

Coo-L!!! That's awesome!

Bring your resume and get on up to Atlanta!

keesh said...

Very exciting! I remember how much you liked him...those kind of people have a gift!

lotus23blossom said...

congrats Jen! looks to be a great time.

Nik said...

Sweeeet! Hope you have a blast.