Photo by Nancy McCoy-Wozniak
Woz's Day to Day Reflections - The Innovations in Education Project
I enjoy interviewing people for television and electronic publications, but being on the other side of the interview humbles me and forces me to reflect on and evaluate my roll in education. Watching and listening to someone interview me about my knoweldge and views on best practices in teaching is like an out-of-body experience and has facilitated my development and identity as an educator. As the project manager for Innovations in Education, I have the honor of interviewong Stony Brook's dedicated educators and often join them on the set. This opportunity and experience has added a rich, insightful depth to who I am as an educator and a person. The Innovations in Education Project and my association with some of the brightest, creative scientists in the world have touched and enriched all dimensions of my life. I have evolved as a professional educator and blossomed as a person (mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, friend, colleague, and neighbor). My daughter wrote in a recent Mother's Day card to me, "You're such a bright and insightful and loving mom & grandma (Nanu) and we're so proud of you." I read this and realized I've grown and I want to leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren. I want to leave a legacy for the students. Stony Brook, The Faculty Center, and the Innovations in Education Project is my fertile ground. Never stop being a student. Never stop learning. I'm honored and proud to be a part of Stony Brook University. It's been a long climb. I've learned some tough lessons. I'm here at the top and this is where I'm suppose to be.
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