PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Areas of Responsibility
Programs and Projects Committee 2019-2021
Kerry James Lou Hitt Cindy Neander
Janet Helmcamp Dr. Barbara Derrick
T2-E2: A Project Supporting Early Educators Through Mentorship and Encouragement
by Gloria Gonzales, Zeta Omicron Chapter
I was barely 22 years old when I began my education career. It was a very exciting time. The dream to become a teacher and follow in the footsteps of Mrs. Glena Curtis (First Grade) and Mrs. Ruth Sorensen (Sixth Grade) was finally realized.
The stage was set. My classroom was organized and inviting. My lesson plans were not only written, but typed out. I was prepared and my heart filled with joy and optimism. I even had a new wardrobe of lovely dresses, a pair of comfy shoes for recess and a nice pair of jeans to wear with the school spirit shirt on Fridays. It was official! I was certified and ready!
Or was I?
Fast forward twenty-seven years. I am now meeting with my Zeta Omicron Sisters. Beautiful key women educators full of wisdom, passion and motivation. The new biennium was upon us so this proved to be an opportune time for our chapter to plan and ponder new and meaningful projects. The brainstorming discussion that took place soon narrowed to a specific topic. The topic of low teacher retention, especially in the first five years.
..To continue reading this project story by Gloria Gonzales, select the link, T2-E2, on the Projects & Grants submenu.