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Life Lessons: Educator’s Edition…Reginia Parks

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Life Lessons: Educator’s Edition…
Reginia Parks

Welcome to a special edition of Good Enough Mother Life Lessons! With school right around the corner, we thought it would be great to devote some time and space to the people who are so good to our kids.. educators! Hope you enjoy these special Life Lessons and happy school year to teacher, students AND their parents!

Are you happy at the moment?

Overall, yes. I currently teach in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Being within a different culture in the center of the world has given me access to things that seemed “forever” away from the United States. This opportunity has given me the experience to work within a budding educational reform, provided greater opportunities to advance professionally, within social media, and see the world at a fraction of the cost from the US. Teaching in the Arab World is full of encounters that range from antiquated processes, challenging student behavior, and language differences. However, the happy moments make it all bearable.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

I would advise my 16-year-old-self to engaging in meaningful school activities and diverse crowds. Most importantly, at 16, I was a junior in high school, therefore developing a specific collegiate plan that involved exploring technology and science would prove to be beneficial. Though the field of education is (was) a noble profession, it now has more challenges that negatively impact several facets of life.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Patience.  If you think working within the field of education in the US is challenging, try working abroad within a system that English is the second, third, or fourth language.

I’ve also learned to “slow down”. Typically, I’m a “right now” , “get’er done” type of person, but living abroad has taught me that there are several ways to complete a task (ex. Like tomorrow).

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

Within the next 12 months, I hope to have traveled to all seven continents, see Jay-Z in Singapore, save tons of money, and collect more stamps in my passport.

What’s your secret to happiness?

Travel.

When I travel, I’m able to disconnect from daily life and create memories of pleasure that I refer to during stressful times. I have close to 9,000 pictures from my travels.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Going to the spa and having moments of quiet time; both of these practices allow me to make a withdraw all of the negatives and deposit peace.

What’s your biggest regret?

I regret getting multiple degrees in Education. I wish I had gotten my Masters and PhD in other areas. As I reflect on my collegiate years, I also wish I would have attended a diverse college for undergrad.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I am not a mother; I’m working on it though.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Sigh, I am such a procrastinator. It’s one of the worst habits to have.

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood, what are you most proud of in your life?

I’m most proud of moving abroad and completing my terminal degree.

When were you happiest?

My happiest moment was when I received my first passport stamp; now the little blue book is almost full.

What ten words best describe you?

Adventurous. Sarcastic. Funny. Procrastinator. Traveler. Teacher. Sister. Fiancé. Winner. Writer.

What is the best way parents can help you in the coming year?

Supporting the school and classroom are key essentials. Support looks like: volunteerism, financial assistance (purchasing extra supplies/materials), being a mystery reader or participate in Career Day or whatever activities the school hosts. Most importantly, speak positively about school, education, and the teacher.  So many times, wedges are formed because of the words that we speak.

Reginia Parks is a veteran educator with 15.5 years of experience. She currently lives and works abroad in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as the Head of Faculty for a government school. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of a personal blog: Poised in Print. She has blogged since 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cultural explorations, and social media.

 

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