- Teachers don’t just give children the tools they need to succeed in life. They give them the tools they need for lifelong GROWTH.
- Stagnation is not an option and growth is a lifelong endeavor.
- This post shares what Education Blueprint means to Laura.
I am not a teacher. I don’t have a teaching degree. And I haven’t spent a single second in a classroom in the role of teacher.
However, I find myself drawn to the profession in a way that I never thought possible. Maybe it’s because as I approach mid-life and start contemplating my life as a whole—where I have been, where I am now, and where I am going—I start to put together what is really important to me. My spouse, my kids, my extended family, my friends- the people in my life are of course what matter most to me.Growth is the legacy that I want to give to my children and grandchildren. Stagnation is not an option and growth is a lifelong endeavor. Click To Tweet
I pour myself into those relationships every day, striving to be the best that I can be for them. However, I find myself wanting more.
I find myself wanting to grow in new ways that I never thought possible, ways in which bring meaning and value to myself and others. I guess you could say I am trying to figure out what my legacy will be. I’m always drawn to strive to do more, try new things, and experience more. I don’t want to leave this world with the thought that I could have done more, I could have tried more, I could have been more.
Then it hit me: growth is the legacy that I want to give to my children and grandchildren. Stagnation is not an option and growth is a lifelong endeavor.
There is no other profession more noble or important than that of a teacher.
Teachers don’t just give children the tools they need to succeed in life. They give them the tools they need for lifelong GROWTH. It’s not just about test scores and ABCs and 123s. It’s about giving a child curiosity, an inquisition to want to understand, and the confidence to achieve any goal. Teachers do this day in and day out and sometimes don’t even realize it.
It gets lost in the daily stress and challenges teachers face with dealing with behavioral issues, keeping up with paperwork, and performing for test scores. It gets lost in the competitive environment that teachers in all schools find themselves performing in. And it gets lost in just simply trying to keep up with the overwhelming ubiquitous educational resources that currently exist.[scroll down to keep reading]
That is why my colleagues and I created Education Blueprint.
Education Blueprint provides a collective collaboration and curation of digital education resources for K-12 teachers in a single, interactive, online platform. It allows all teachers to tailor their own experiences by selecting what subject, disciplines, and grade levels are relevant to their needs. With a custom feed, every time a teacher logs in, they can easily see newly added resources that match their exact interests and needs.
Teachers can link to relevant educational resources that help them in their classroom. They can also share their own original multimedia content for other teachers to download, filterable by subject, grade, rating, and standard. Teachers can chat with each other to collaborate on solutions for the biggest issues facing their classrooms. Simply said, it is a tool that removes the burden from teachers and gives them support so that they can get back to what they do best…TEACH!
About Laura Lisien
Laura Lisien is currently the business manager of Education Blueprint. She has a deep understanding and love of nonprofit management. In 2003, she graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum Management. She later went on, in 2006, to receive her Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon.
From there, she furthered her business acumen in the Public Sector for more than six years at Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Consultant in the Strategy and Operations practice. She worked with clients such as Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Maine Department of Medicaid and Medicare on technology and finance projects.
Her love of nonprofit management, especially pertaining to education organizations, has led her to take on her current role of Nonprofit Manager at Education Blueprint. Her goal is to set-up, run and manage the organization’s nonprofit structure in order to maximize the benefit of the website for all teachers. She is also a dedicated wife and mother of two boys and is an active member in her community.