I have such fond memories of my grandmother’s flower garden. As a child, I remember helping her tend to each individual blossom and petal. I compare my educational experience to a flower in my grandmother’s garden.
My first petal bloomed when I graduated from Tullahoma High School in 1975 and began my educational career at Motlow State Community College. Attending a community college was perfect for me as I had not decided on a future career. I especially loved my Motlow teachers (many of whom are now my close friends) and the small class sizes. I began my college career thinking I would only attend two years, but during my time at Motlow, I realized I wanted to become a teacher.
After graduating from Motlow, my second petal bloomed. I transferred to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), majoring in elementary education with a minor in business. Upon graduation from MTSU, my third petal bloomed as I began my teaching career and proceeded to complete my M.ED. and E.DS. degrees.
After a wonderful 17-year career in the classroom, my fourth petal bloomed, and I became an elementary school principal in Tullahoma at Farrar Elementary, followed by Robert E. Lee Elementary respectively. During my principalship, my fifth petal bloomed as I completed a Doctor of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. As I continued my career as an elementary principal, I became an adjunct professor for MTSU, teaching graduate students in the fields of administration and curriculum/instruction.
Although my flower continues to blossom, my sixth petal bloomed as I retired after 34 years in public education and now serve as an intern facilitator for The University of Tennessee’s online doctoral program. I am so appreciative of Motlow for giving me the foundation necessary to complete a rewarding career in education!
A thing of beauty is a joy forever: it’s loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.John Keats.