aHappy New Year Ladies!
I am writing to you filled with inspiration and a renewed spirit, not just as a result of turning the calendar page to a new year, but even more so from the past few months of DKG activities. The inspiration actually started with our December meeting and the amazing presentation Theresa Maughan gave us recounting the Lessons Learned as a State Teacher of the Year. Not only did Theresa share the depth and breadth of her knowledge and experiences, but she encouraged each of us to look within ourselves to the skills and “stories” we have to share as key women educators.
Following that awe inspiring meeting, this past Sunday Laura Perrius hosted our Informational Tea for two aspiring initiates. The two initiates Andrea Ritacco and Emily Blumberg are both County Teachers of the Year for Morris and Passaic Counties, respectively.
Andrea shared how she arrived to be a Business Education teacher (of approximately 14 yrs) at Hanover Park, through the alternate route program after a 14 year career with Tiffany & Co as a CPA and internal auditor for the company.
Emily has been teaching approximately 7 years, however, in true DKG style, Emily has bucked the norm of male dominated Science educators, teaching Physics and Chemistry at the Passaic Preparatory Academy.
The ladies shared several annecdotes about their teaching assignments and involvement in their school community beyond the classroom. Wait, it gets even better! Several sisters also attended the tea and they each in turn described their experiences within DKG and what DKG offers to women “beyond these walls”. The entire afternoon was truly uplifting. I told the ladies that had I not been a member, I would have signed up on the spot. Thank you EVERYONE! for inspiring me and instilling me with pride as I am counted among such accomplished professionals.
I look forward to seeing you all on February 4 at the TriBoro First Aid Squad in Butler. Social will start at 9:30, followed by breakfast at 10:00 and our program with Cheryl Bullock from Strengthen Our Sisters.