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Career Day

May 14, 2011

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking for Career Day at     Bear Creek Middle School in Fairburn, GA and Pointe South Elementary in Riverdale, GA. First of all I would like to say that standing in front of a classroom felt quite natural – never thought I would say that. Teaching is not a profession that I believed would ever be on my radar. However, knowing that the words I speak have the potential to frame a young person’s world gives me a sense of profound respect and protectiveness-the need to protect their innocence and foster the love for learning.

To that end, it is quite refreshing to see people in the education field that are clearly passionate about what they do. One thing is for certain; our children must be inspired and encouraged on a consistent basis. Our actions, words, and even our appearance send signals to our children that show how we feel about them and how we value them.  So hat’s off to the administrators of Bear Creek: Principal Darron Franklin and Assistant Principals Terry Martin, Homer Thornton, Andre Winston, and Counselor Mrs. Williams. And you’re the Bee’s Knees at Pointe South Elementary: Principal Marcus Jackson, Assistant Principal LaTonya Paige, and Counselor Tatanisha Copeland. In this season of proposed Education Reform, it is nice to see sincere light in the perceived murky waters of public education.

During Career Day, the students and I talked about goals and aspirations with a little bit about my life as a chemist thrown in. It was amazing to see their faces light up as they talked about those subjects and activities that they were passionate about. My hope is that every one of those children, the chef, the artist, the mechanical engineer and the fashion designer, are able to maintain the zest for life required to catch dreams and see them through.

But at what point do we lose sight of our dreams? At what point does the dream become deferred?

Here is a challenge: get back to your dream, get back to you. Take a few moments right now to start writing a plan of execution. Then COMMENCE!

Live Healthy. Look Healthy.

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