“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” –Albert Einstein

This quote has always rung out strong and true for me even before I changed the course of my educational career to… education. Teaching never crossed my mind until one day I was sitting, thinking about my future, completely lost and somewhat sad. The television was on and an Office Depot commercial began playing, the colorful pens and notebooks spiraling in and out of the screen, and while I was sitting there watching the school supplies have the times of their inanimate lives I was close to tears. I had the realization that I would never shop for school supplies again (I had just received my Associates Degree and thought I was done with school forever). I had one of those “Ah-Ha” moments you see in the movies, I can’t explain what clicked in my mind, but from that moment on I knew I was going to be a teacher.

I am in my final year at Chardon State College, and once I’m done here I hope to return to Colorado, where I grew up, and teach in the elementary level. Although my passion is with education, a dream of mine is to disappear to the mountains of Thailand or Costa Rica to educate myself in the practice of yoga. I already practice avidly, but I would like to increase my skills to a level where I could one day become a teacher. Yoga has changed the way I see life, and I would love to help instill that on others.

Being at the young age of 23 I feel lucky to have a direction that I am happy to be heading full steam ahead into. But, knowing how quickly a life trajectory can change I am excitedly keeping an open mind to the possibilities of what is to come!