I have been on an amazing journey over the last 2 years, educationally speaking of course. And the CUE Organization has had a large role in that. It began 2 years ago at my first CUE Conference. A friend, Pat, and I decided that we would like to attend Fall CUE in Napa, CA. First on our agenda was an all day Google Workshop. The workshop focused on passing the required tests in order to become Google Certified Trainers. It was also my first introduction to Alice Keeler and Danny Silva – Awesome Educational Heroes. To say that we were inspired, would be an understatement. At one point during the day, Pat and I looked at each other and vowed that that would be us one day (referring to Alice and Danny – Google Certified Teachers and AMAZING inspirations).
So here I am 2 years later well on my way to inspiring others – hopefully. Since that first encounter, so much has happened. I try to make it to as many CUE events as possible. I signed up for the Innovative Educators Advanced Studies Certification (IEASC) classes – 1st Cohort, became a Google Certified Teacher, Google Certified Trainer, CUE RockStar presenter, CUEbie founder, and now I’m presenting at Fall CUE. I know things are just getting started, and I can’t wait to see where this road takes me.
I am still inspired by Alice and Danny, but my inspirations also include over 900 people. For it was at Fall CUE 2011 that I began to see and understand the power of Twitter. I really began to focus on growing my Twitter PLN within the last year. I have met, virtually and in person, the most amazing, inspiring, and awesome educators. I have had the privilege to learn from and present with many of my ‘Educational Heroes’. As a result, my teaching has been reinvigorated. I am once again inspired to do amazing things in the classroom. As I prepare to present at Fall CUE 2013, I can only hope to be an inspiration to others.