Good News!

Usually the honor of being asked to mentor a struggling teacher is given to veteran teachers with years of experience under their belts. In his district in Fresno, CA, our own Steven Ordiano has been asked to mentor a young colleague next year and, really how cool IS this – he himself is only in his first year of teaching. That has got to be a first! It’s an honor to Steven and an opportunity for the teacher. We are all very proud of you, Steven “No Cut Raw Vegan” Ordiano.



6 thoughts on “Good News!”

  1. Ben, to clarify, it is still in the works. The director of student teachers, my old instructor at the state university, will be talking to my principal. If everything goes as planned, I will be having a student teacher in the spring, a colleague who is just starting her credential. If there’s a French teacher the fall, then it’s a possibility.

    Though I maybe jumping the gun, I think that anticipating the decision in my favor helps me out. Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing. Because I believe things are generally in my favor, my opportunities will go into the direction I want.. Call it ego, call it hubris or oblivious but things are clicking so nicely. Even as we put the heat on the very thing that admin wants, documentation data, things are clicking for us.

    I started this work in joy and I intend to stay that way.

    1. Hey Steven,
      One day I will have the honor of meeting you in person and I know it will be a fine moment in my life when I shake your hand! You are a native-born CI teacher, and you came out of the gate so strong, and so sure-footed, and tempered in the fire of social justice work and ready to, in joy, in camaraderie, arm and arm with colleagues and students, get on a bullet train to the future. I love what you said here: Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing. It is not hubris, it is true. It has often been true for me anyway that when I can clearly believe in a vision, when I am going forward in joy and trust, then yes, it becomes seen. This is big news and I am so proud of you and I just look forward to hearing all your news as you ride the bullet train you’re on!

  2. Steve if you get a chance I would like to know how the blog helped you grow this year. Is there anything we could do here differently to make it more effective?

    (This question really is for everybody. Anything we can do better? Change? End of year observations and reflections? Just jot a few lines in a comment field below. Be honest!)

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