My Story - The Teacher
"If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it.
If you want to master something, teach it. "
Yogi Bhajan, PhD, Master of Kundalini Yoga.
The Call of the Teacher - Her Fairy Tale Continued...
Growing up, the damsel enjoyed the gift of many teachers in her life, teachers who shared their passion for passing on knowledge, skills and wisdom to their rural students. It was the generous time these teachers gave through a variety of mediums including: schools, private lessons, church, 4-H clubs, community groups and home life that the curious damsel had a chance to learn a wide variety of life skills, arts, sports and academics.
These skills learned, ranged from growing, preparing, preserving food to sewing clothes with her mother, entrepreneurship with her father, crocheting with her grandmother and learning guitar with her uncle. With community, school and private teachers she learned piano playing, singing, theatre, various sports, hockey, animal husbandry and religious training to name a few.
The Call of The Teacher came to the Damsel early in life, being asked as a young teenager to teach Sunday school at her local church, piano to young children and Old-Time dancing for community courses. When the Damsel
was planning her future, many of her teachers suggested that she would make a very good school teacher but the Damsel was not drawn to sharing her passions in situations where she’d observed more time having to be spent on disciplining uninterested students than on actual teaching, so she chose to walk a different path.
… But the Call of The Teacher continued to follow her throughout her life, manifesting itself repeatedly as The Seeker drew her to explore new vistas and continue to develop old and new passions. Throughout her life, as she acknowledged her love of rural living, opportunities presented themselves for her to share the passions and knowledge she was accumulating along her quest of learning, with students, just as all her teachers had done when she was young.
Over the years she has come to realize more and more how much teaching is a natural calling for her and what joy she experiences with her students as they rise to new levels of accomplishment while developing their talents, skills and abilities. From her own life experience, she has come to understand that one action builds upon another in our personal leadership journeys and that each small guidepost we reach builds momentum within us to continue to the greater goal or visions we have set for our lives.
It is within this framework that she has become committed to the Call of The Teacher.
In private and group sessions, to people of all ages, her modes of instruction in creative expression as well as other areas of interest and passion have been/are:
Leadership - The Act of Leadership (Reflective leadership in action)
Kundalini Yoga - Pranayam (Breath), Kriya, Postures, Meditation, Chant, Hand Mudra
Vocal Arts - Singing, Public Speaking, Making friends with nervous energy, Communication Skills, Chant and Sound therapy
Music Arts - Piano, Children of the World (Young childrens' music)
Dance - Old-Time (Waltz, Fox-trot, Polka etc), Ballroom, Middle Eastern (Various styles),
East Indian (Bharatanatyam, Bollywood) and a variety of other world dances.
Theatre/Story Arts - Directing, Play, Improvisation, Telling One's Story
Career Development, Life Planning, Visioning, Mission Statements, Action Planning
Practical Life Skills - Always ongoing with her children and friends
Advanced Hair Cutting/Styling Techniques
Any Other Passion Or Subject As It Reveals Itself...