Today I met with John, my mentor, to discuss the teacher trainings in India. As I expected, John had some good questions, suggestions, and advice.
One of John’s questions was whether I’d ever done any team trainings. I said I had and that I actually prefer doing team trainings because I believe two personalities contribute to learning and help avoid boredom. In fact, I told John, I’ve already asked Dr. P. if it would be possible to bring another trainer with me, and he said “yes.” I told John that I have two people in mind–one of my teachers, who is now retired, and John, if he’d be willing to come with me.
Without missing a beat, John said he’d be happy to go to India with me. Well, that’s just frosting on my cake!! Thick frosting!! With someone of John’s stature and experience at my side, a successful outcome is assured and my nervousness is gone. John’s area of expertise is adult education; mine is teaching reading comprehension skills–what some people call “teaching kids to think.” John will be very effective in getting the teachers onboard, while my strength will be teaching the specific skills to be addressed. What a team we will be!
I asked John if he’d be willing to take the lead role, since this is a new experience for me. His response was that there is no need for this, since he saw excellent leadership from me when I was president of the state education association (of which he is also a lifetime member), and then he said, “We will lead together.” What an awesome man he is! I’m so fortunate to know him and to count him as one of my friends.
I have a follow-up appointment for my wrist with Dr. P. on March 3. Between now and then, I’ll be preparing an outline of what John and I will include in the training and afterward for support. If Dr. P. likes what he sees (this is the “I think” part, because even though it was Dr. P.’s idea, it still seems unreal to me), I’ll schedule a time for the three of us–John, Dr. P. and me–to meet and discuss the details.
One of my retirement goals was to offer my time and knowledge to help undereducated people in a meaningful way. I’ve been doing that with my volunteer hours at the Success School. Now, in addition to that, I have a chance to support education in an exciting way I never dreamed of, and with the best possible partner. If God spoke to me from a burning bush, I don’t think He could make it more clear that He is guiding (shoving?) me in the way I should go at this time. I wonder where it will lead, because surely this is not the end.