Sometimes getting in trouble is the only way to make the world a better place.
Throughout my life, one thing has remained a constant; I am always, without question, unapologetically me. Even as a child, I was never one to really follow the crowd. I had my own way of doing things if I was passionate about something and usually found myself in trouble for fighting for what I believe in.
As an adult, I still find myself getting into trouble.
In 2015, Civil Rights leader and Congressman John Lewis told a small group of Freedom Writer Teachers that sometimes the only way to make a difference in the world is to "Get in trouble. Good trouble." He said, as educators, we cannot remain silent when we see injustices with our students. We must show up, stand up, and speak out for all students. I took his words to heart and I haven't stopped getting into trouble since.
And I won't.
Not until every kid has equitable access to quality education and the opportunity to learn from teachers who truly care about removing the barriers that keep students from reaching their true potential.
"Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble"