“Why the hello kitty do I do LuLaRoe?” is another way to ask “What is my why?” Why do I teach, lead, speak, mentor, coach and now sell LuLaRoe clothing.
It is because freedom is my highest value.
Great freedom comes from education is a belief I have carried for as long as I can remember. To be in bondage of self and ignorance is a great tragedy. In second grade we were taught about the civil war and the horror of slavery. The belief then was to keep someone enslaved you had to keep them ignorant. Knowledge was power, and virtually all slave codes established in the United States set restrictions making it illegal to teach slaves to read or write. Frederick Douglass believed that the ability to have an education, read and write was the first step towards freedom. So do I.
It must be genetic because I come from a long line of teachers.
In the late 1800s my Great Grandfather Edward Smith had a teaching license to teach handwriting, arithmetic and reading. My Grandmother Thelma Russell Smith taught in a one-room schoolhouse during the depression in Texas. My mother Shirley Russell Locke taught the blind or visually impaired how to read until she began to show that she was pregnant with me and had to resign. Public education lost a good teacher in 1955 and had a direct impact on my passions.
It is my passion to empower teachers, help students and families to receive the best in the world of public education.
Today I work as a Principal of an elementary school in one of the largest urban school districts in California. It is the best job in the world and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference. However, at 61 I am approaching the age when one retires from public education. This saddens me but there is a physicality to the job better left to those that are younger. As I approach this new age stage still passionate about freedom just now it is personal freedom.
Why I am becoming an entrepreneur is for personal freedom.
At this stage in my life I desire freedom from dependence on others such as my own adult children, freedom to make my own schedule to paint, travel, coach, speak or write. I desire freedom to run a business from my home, create an online community, help other women discover their personal power, life purpose and self-worth. My intent is to help take care of future grandchildren.
Yes, I will teach those grandchildren how to read and write. Yes I will teach the future about what it means to be free.
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