I have felt like the odd girl out many times in my life, but as an adult, and in my career, I discovered I was good at what I did, and I gained confidence in myself. I put myself in leadership roles, and became president of my school district's local teacher association. I began teaching workshops at my state conferences, and discovered that I had workshop 'groupies'. I began blogging, and I discovered you, my loyal wonderful readership. But there are still times when I feel left out.
Back a number of years ago, at the annual conference of my state art teacher association they would award the Art Teacher of the Year with a really fun gift: an Art Teacher Barbie. I was smitten. I am a member of the original Barbie generation, and always thought this would be an award that would really be special to me. But I knew it was an award I'd never get, because, simply, someone needs to nominate you. I was the sole art teacher in my building, and felt really on my own. That story has a happy surprise ending, that I wrote about here. Here's my Art Teacher Barbie, though not dressed for work.
Note: the pics below are with blogger friends and more, at NAEA 2012 in NYC
So no sour grapes here; after a little moment of disappointment, I realize I am no longer the goofy shy kid waiting to be picked for a team. I am proud of myself, and I wouldn't change a thing! Thank you, readers and friends, for giving me the best award ever.
Love and hugs to you all!