As a result of the encouragement I received from my Lastinger School Coordinator, I joined the Gator Nation and became a part of the Teacher Leadership for School Improvement (TLSI) program in 2012. As an educator, I believe continuous professional development enhances ideas and practices. The courses I have completed have been beneficial in my role as instructional coach. As a result I have found myself reflecting more often on my teaching practices and how I interact with others.
Initially, the idea of enrolling in a distance learning program seemed intimidating. I worried about the lack of classroom interaction. However, the TLSI program has afforded me the opportunity to further my education while implementing learned practices. Additional benefits of the TLSI program are the course work relevance, face-to-face meetings, access to professors, and professional peers. In this distance learning program I truly feel I am part of a learning community.
Duval County, FL