I began as a classroom teacher with an obvious obsession with all things technology. I met Leticia at a technology training for teachers in the school district. We instantly connected. From that 1st encounter I saw why Leticia was so highly regarded as a teacher. Not only was she an accomplished 1st grade teacher so was an unbelievable teacher of teachers – especially in the realm of technology integration. Over the next 12+ years Leticia and I would continue to cross paths as our friendship developed and careers changed.
My nomination, as submitted at Yahoo! Shine:
Leticia shines brightly as a mentor & friend. She has empowered me to be successful in my career as a classroom teacher, technology specialist & blogger. Through her confidence & support, I have learned the true meaning of a mentor & have propelled throughout every aspect of my career.
Most recently, Leticia inspired me to begin blogging, after a severe injury left me sofa-ridden for some time. This encouragement was the perfect way to distract my time & make great use of my knowledge & experience with technology. She knew that & guided me through those initials months of blogging.
In the years since my blog launch, Leticia continues to share tremendous amounts wisdom & motivation. Even with a demanding & busy schedule, Leticia still invites me to call or email her at any moment. She’s happy to run through a proposal, critique a new logo or help brainstorm new opportunities. She is always genuinely happy to talk & support myself and others.
She’s inspired me to be a mentor. A mutual friend, Alexis, recently began blogging. She’s local to my area & have dedicated time to help her launch her blogging career. I try to make myself available to her in the same manner Leticia has made herself to me. I hope Alexis will feel the love and support that I have received from Leticia and will also return the mentorship to another. Leticia has started the domino effect of mentoring. I’m blessed to be a domino.
I invite you to support my nomination by visiting Yahoo! Shine and voting for Leticia or nominating a special woman in your life. Yahoo! Shine wants to celebrate women who are blazing new trails, changing lives, and doing extraordinary things every day.
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