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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tracy, A Teacher?

I am really glad that I became an HSTE teacher. Twenty years ago, if you would have told me that I would become a teacher, I would not have believed it. I knew that I loved Healthcare and I especially loved people but I would have never thought I would be doing this. As I look back, I feel that God has prepared me all along to be a HSTE teacher. I started off in high school experiencing Health Occupations at Riverdale High School. I loved my teacher, she was the greatest. I always looked up to her. I knew she cared for me, she helped me so much. I was in VICA and competed at state level and I also was Riverdale's Vocational student of the year. I went on to Dental Hygiene school at Clayton State ane then a couple of years later to Nursing School. I worked in both professions at the same time for many years. I also taught in our women's ministry at church and was a youth sponsor. I loved the teens. I also had an opportunity to lead women in bible study for Bible Study Fellowship. When God opened this opportunity to me I was hesitant at first and I prayed about it. One day I was reading a book about God's will and how to know if you are following his will. It said to look back over your life and write down all of the things that you have accomplished in your life. Looking back and realized everything that I have done so far has prepared me for this time in my life. I know now that every experience has prepared me to be this teacher that I have become. I also believe that God led me to NTI to help me to be successful. Dr. J and Jessie, I thank God for you both and I pray God will give you both many blessings. You both are the teachers that I aspire to be!!!!


Johnny Jackson said...


I had a friend and fraternity brother from Riverdale named Dale Alford. He is older than you but I wondered if you knew him?

steve said...

Tracy it's good to read your blogs and to see that there are still people out there that are not afraid to tell people who that they look to for advice and strength.I too prayed a great deal about changing careers and talked to many elders of my church looking for their advice and leadership.Before I took this job my blood pressure stayed about 150/90 with meds yesterday I took it and it was 128/78 still with meds but it stays in this range now.Like I stated in my blog I have had a good job offer But will probabaly sign my contract because of less stress.Have a great weekend!

Dwayne Connors said...

Your story is a mirror image of mine! God is good!

Connie said...

Tracy, you are so inspiring and encouraging! You help me even when you don't even know you do. You make me smile. How blessed we are to have you in our lives!

You are a wonderful teacher! I think you will be teaching for many years to come.