Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DC Recognition Week - The Vice Presidential Mansion

It's hard not to wonder, when standing in the foyer of the Vice President's house, whose feet might have stood in the exact spot I am now standing.  What might they have been discussing?  Was it small talk or were they working to address some of the gravest dangers of their time?  As a fan of American history, I love imagining the past, creating images in my mind that evoke powerful feelings of patriotism, pride, and respect.  Mostly, I found myself in awe of the incredible opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this unique honor and opportunity.

As an educator, I also was impressed with the Second Lady's incredible personal teaching story.  After over thirty years of working in schools, she still makes the choice to teach.  Having moved beyond high school, she is now working in higher education.  But she doesn't teach at an Ivy League school, or even a state college.  Mrs. Biden teaches at a community college; working with immigrants, single parents trying to make it, and the underprivileged.  I came into this meeting terribly uninformed about my host.  I left feeling inspired and empowered by her story.

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