Time Well Spent

Every time I reflect on my personal and professional growth and development, I think about one of my initial posts where I shared the following caption, because it is as real as what I do when working with children living in less than ideal conditions. I encourage you all to visit UNICEF.org. Like us, they have taken great strides to improve the quality of life for children and families around the world.

“The children initially started their experiment to block the view of a garbage heap. Now, they eagerly tend their garden, a respite from the day’s challenges” (UNICEF Syrian Arab Republic/2016/Ourfali).

Source: https://www.unicef.org/stories/syrian-children-cultivate-some-happiness-communal-shelter

Source: https://www.unicef.org/stories/syrian-children-cultivate-some-happiness-communal-shelter

Becoming aware of your own feelings and beliefs, self-reflection (Walden University,2021,0 EDUC 6164) and an examination of how these influence the manner in which I interact and the manner in which I communicate (Derman-Sparks & Olsen Edwards, 2010) raised an eyebrow. Not because of my charming personality, but because of the marked therapeutic improvement in family communication, noted by the clinicians involved in the therapeutic team (Walden University,2021, EDUC 6165).

Thinking about what stimulates my drive to do what I do in the interest of the well-being of children and their families, I am always driven by what I can do right now. The Capstone course was like a bright new daylight light bulb, in the dark corner of my mind. What can I do? I pondered. Will I sound pompous? This course taught me that having a vision is only as good as what I put into it. I am not politician, and I am not very tactful when speaking politics, I am not and educator, and don’t remember the grammatical rules taught during early childhood, what I can do is communicate with children, I am a behavioral modification technician, and I am a student of the art of the anti-bias approach to learning. I am in a position to give of my time, to share what I have learned, to learn new things, to interact, to support, and inspire others to do the same.

Today has been surreal. Thank you all for sharing in my journey and helping to put those potted plants on my windows and giving me hope.  Every one of you gave me reason enough to act now, and I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to improve the lives of all children, one painted and potted tin can at a time.


Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. 3(2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Chapter 3. “Becoming an Anti-Bias Teacher: A Developmental Journey” (“Become Aware of Your Own Feelings and Beliefs” and “Examine Institutional Advantages and Disadvantages” on pp. 22–27).

Published by emijg1015

I began my road to profession during my high school years. I started at a day care center. During my stead, I pursued my love for hospitality and enrolled at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts program. Since then, I dedicated a good portion of time in the food and beverage industry. I was always too happy to work and be engaged in every aspect, including doing dishes and mopping to bathrooms and trash. I learned early on that hard work and dedication defined who I was, who I am, and who I will be. During a time of temporary relocation I took on a role as Case Manager for a mostly Hispanic community. Here I fell in love with psychology. Soon after going back home I enrolled in the Psychology program at Argosy University in Sarasota Florida. I applied much of what I learned to how I performed my duties, how I made hiring choices, and more importantly, how to be. On the home front, I applied what I learned when engaging with my family and friends, and in doing so, I have been privileged to inspire my grandchildren to grow up with curiosity and a deep love for adventure. My family is my ultimate love, and my grandkids are my greatest motivators for wanting to pursue an educational path that allows me the opportunity to inspire a young mind. Taking a moment to reflect, I have come full circle. Evaluating the things that I have done, and the strides I have made towards positive professional growth, I return to the place where it all began, school and child care.

3 thoughts on “Time Well Spent

  1. Hi, Emily again you have such inspiring words. I love gardening also and you have inspired me to use gardening as another tool for promoting the conversations of diversity. As a beginner, I would love for you to share some of your ideas on how I can begin this project in my classroom. My personal email is ooxx@ec.rr.com. I hope to hear from you. Again I want to thank you for all your support throughout our journey. I know that you will be doing wonderful things with the children and families lives that you touch. Hi, Five! Congratulations!!!


    1. Cynthia
      I got most of my ides from kidsgardening.org. You can sign up for newsletters and other amazing perks for free. I am sure there are others like it, but I am motivated by the breadth of their reach.


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