Monday, March 2, 2015

Colleagues #sol15

Last spring, one of my dearest school friends retired. Truthfully, I had been dreading that day for several years. There are an abundance of qualities to love about her. For example, she is one of the funniest people I know; plus, she can sing and play the guitar! She and I are very different people, however, when it comes to teaching styles. There have been many times we have butted heads about philosophy or best practice.  One of the great strengths of our relationship was always our ability to compromise. We both have a great deal of respect for the other, and we listen. She has made me a better educator.

There are many colleagues I treasure and hold close to my heart. I think we all need those people to keep us accountable and call us out on the carpet if we need it.

On Day 2, I'm thankful for my tribe!

Tara Reed


  1. I am so thankful for you and your willingness to share! I love hearing your thoughts and ideas! You are one of those that encourages me to be better, and you better call me to the carpet if I need it!!

    Love you, girl!!!

  2. What a great tribute to your friend and colleague. We all need people in our tribe who will be honest with us!

  3. Compromise and listening are two skills I need to practice. I love the compare and contrast structure you used to show the beautiful dichotomy of your relationship. Please feel free to call me out on the carpet anytime. I need more truth tellers in my life. I hope you will share this tribute with your former colleague and friend. It's meaningful and important.

  4. Having people we appreciate at work is so a bonus. I wonder what brought her to mind today?