“I got a gig,” means you’re beautifully, deeply, madly…employed.” – Whitney G-Bowley from the Gig.

I never expected to be as moved as I was walking out of my first TEDx event at Allendale Columbia School.  I teach there and sit in the same auditorium at least two dozen times a year. I drove home after the event, with the radio off, absorbing all the connections and emotions going through my head. The performers were outstanding, the speakers were inspiring, and the whole event had a communal type feel to it. A few key points resonated in my head, and for me, they might just be game changers in my career. I felt valued as a participant; one of the fortunate ones to be sitting there – experiencing the day.  I think those resonating points included the following –

* Students created this event; it amazed me what a group of students can come together to achieve.

* My colleagues who helped these students are talented people. I am lucky to work and collaborate with them on a daily basis.

* There is nothing more comforting and uplifting than a group of people coming together for a common cause.

* You can find inspiration anywhere – from anyone. Some of the comments, stories and performances drove me to tears.

* I work at a wonderful place, with colleagues, students, and parents who care about education with passion and vision.

I’ll be looking forward to TEDxACSchool in 2014. If I get up enough guts, I may even register to speak – because just like Whitney, I too, have a gig.

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About Tina Duver

Tina Duver is the Dean of Middle School Students at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, New York. She is the 6th and 8th Grade Science Teacher and coach of the First Lego League team and U.S. Department of Energy Science Bowl team.

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