Radford City Schools

A Personal Story: Learning Takes Time

When I was in  high school, I knew I wanted to go to college ... I just didn't know when, where, or what I wanted to study. So I took a year off to think about it. I worked for minimum wages and contemplated what I wanted in this big wide world. 
When I did enroll, I went to the University of Delaware ... for a year. I still wasn't ready to study for the next four years. My grades were good, but the timing was bad. After a few more years of working, I finally enrolled at New River Community College, learning to learn again and how to study. After two years, I transferred to Virginia Tech to finish my college degree. I graduated Magna Cum Laude (with high honors) in my major and ended up with a minor as well. 
I became Special Education Aide in Riner then moved to RCPS teaching technology as an ITRT. In 2001, I went back to school to get my Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Radford University.  
I would like to remind all our students and parents about four things:
1) Believe. Believe you can and will. Whatever you see in your mind, you can become and or do. 
2) Act. Believing is one thing - doing is quite another. Dedicate yourself to learning and turning that learning into something positive
3) It's okay to NOT get it right the first time. That is called learning. Just remember, don't give up - keep trying and ask for help. 
4) Sometimes it takes time. My journey from graduating from high school to a Masters Degree took 22 years. I love my job because it means I get to help you find your love of knowledge, to put into action, and look toward the future!
Find what interests you, learn it, get good at it - set a goal - make it so ...
no matter how long it takes!