Yesterday was a big day. An advanced copy of my book, Literacy Coaching: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools andTechnology, from the amazing Heinemann Publishers arrived on my doorstep. As you can imagine, it was a celebratory moment with my family. As they eagerly opened the box and started flipping through the pages, they were instantly drawn to the dedication that was especially written for them. As I watched them excitedly browse the pages, I couldn’t help but stand back and take it all in with tears of happiness springing to my eyes. I celebrated the moment and was incredibly thankful for the incredible educators, mentors, colleagues and friends who have helped me arrive at this very moment.
In the Acknowledgements of my book, I wrote:
As all educators do, I stand on the shoulders of the many literacy teachers, leaders and researchers who came before me. They inspire me to better support teachers to ultimately impact student learning. Thank you to all the educators who continue to make the world a better place, one student at a time.
As I reveled in the moment last night, I realized that not only do I stand on the shoulders of all the many educators who came before me, I stand on the shoulders of the many educators, colleagues, mentors, family and friends who lift me up: my fellow teacher educators who support teacher learning, the literacy coaches who work tirelessly to empower teachers, the teachers who work alongside me to reflect on their practices, the students who welcome me into the their classrooms and their reading lives and my colleagues, near and far, who rally and support each other as we learn together. I thank all of you for your dedication, your collaboration and the inspiration you provide to the profession.
I’ll end my post of gratitude with an image that brought great joy to my heart: my daughter’s post on her Instagram account sharing her pride and acknowledging my hard work:
I stand on her shoulders today and the shoulders of all who have lifted me up with your collaboration and congratulations. I couldn’t have told my story without you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.