Erica Whitmore

"Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

Blog Post created by Erica Whitmore on May 29, 2013

"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Dr. Seuss, as silly as he may seem, has a message: No matter how old or young, we can always learn or become inspired. A senior of mine this year did her senior project on creating a detailed bulletin board to highlight the accomplishments, acceptance letters and scholarships that our seniors have achieved this school year. It was a pleasure to see how seriously she took this project and the compassion she showed for her classmates, making sure she collected a picture of each classmate, made photo copies of their college acceptance letters and created detailed lists of scholarships received. This is one of the many moments that took place this school year that helps to remind me why I chose to work in this profession.

As the year winds down and we bid our seniors farewell and celebrate the retirement of our colleagues, we must look into our own professional development journeys and legacies we that we will be creating. Summer is the time to kick back, relive some stress, but also a time for us to enhance our accreditation. I know each state will provide a summer update, but off the top of my head, CASE is offering many courses, DuPont is gearing up more inquiry-based learning and the FFA Alumni conference and other short courses will highlight this summer's schedule. What will your course of enhancement be? Which path will lead you on your journey?

Like Dr. Seuss says...

"You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead."

Whether you're a new and eager teacher or the wise old owl, your students are depending on you to learn and engage...

"And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)"

As some make changes within the profession or outside, stay true to your roots and know the difference Career and Technical Education makes. My summer
challenge to you is wherever your journey may lead you this summer, share your plans or a story about CTE and what it is doing for youth today and generations to come.

"Your Mountain is waiting. So ... Get on your way!"


Erica Whitmore

Region I, Vice Chair