April 09, 2011

Deadra Stanton Makes IAAE Members Laugh (and Cry)

In her April 8 IAAE State Conference closing keynote address, Deadra Stanton told stories that made us laugh so hard we cried. She shared stories about her "alternative" child Nathan, and the impact his teachers had on his life. Through a series of personal stories about her life, her teaching, and her family, she asked alternative educators to:
  • Remember to take care of ourselves so that we have the strength to take care of others
  • Remember to take care of our profession.  In this climate of teacher-bashing, especially, we must invite people to see what it is we really do. We make a difference.
  • Don't shoot skinny rabbits! Pay attention to the meaty issues with our kids.  Let the small stuff--the skinny rabbits--go.
After sharing stories about her children, her students, and the impact teachers made on her life, all conference attendees felt recharged and rejuvenated. When Deadra closed with a heartfelt "thank you" for our work as educators, participants were extremely moved. We thank Deadra for making us feel valued and appreciated (like very fat rabbits, indeed!)

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IAAE Board Member Lisa Hackman and Friday Keynoter Deadra Stanton   

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