As I slowly climbed the steps this morning in our CAPS bulding, a bouquet of balloons caught my eye. They were suspended in a bunch on the second floor and looked awfully close to the entrance into my Teacher Education Lab. As I came closer, I realized that the balloons were accompanied by a poster displaying pictures of me in my classroom and a rhyming verse of well-wishes for my performance tomorrow on my oral comprehensives as part of my pursuit of a PhD in Educational Technology at the University of Kansas.
While I still have a ways to go (like a year or two) it's nice to be able to at least see a light at the end of the tunnel. This Fall, as the first milestone, I will receive my certification in Instructional Design from KU, and that, too, feels good as a stepping stone toward a larger goal.
What is ahead is unknown, but I'm excited that I have taken this path toward new adventures in my life.
Thank you to my CAPS family for always being there to support me and for putting up with my tired rantings and my absence of sending resources out on a regular basis. It will be nice, when this is complete, to be able to relax, research, teach, and regain some normalcy in my daily life.
Thanks to my close friends who understand why I don't call or come over and who realize my absences from gatherings are only temporary.
Thanks to my immediate family...my own kids who had to see their mom crouched over a book any time there was an extra minute to spare and to my parents for always giving me the unconditional support that has a way of lighting an internal fire, creating a drive to always strive to do better things.
Thanks for all of the well wishes! I will do my best to follow through and make you proud!