If you’re new to education or attending conferences, this post is for you. If you love really weird stories where clearly a higher power has intervened to make something happen, this is also for you.

Going to conferences is intimidating – especially if you are an introvert. Days are long, you are out of routine, your brain is stuffed with SO much information. It can be highly tempting to check out towards the end of the day, hole up in your room, and vegetate. But, don’t, go hit the reception and enjoy your one drink ticket. Try and pay attention to the nametags, too. I am really terrible at this and get nametag fatigue, by the evening, everyone just runs together in my head.

So, I’m so fortunate to be attending the ASCDL2L Conference in DC with the absolute cream of the crop in ASCD Leadership as part of the Emerging Leader class of 2015. I had an interesting journey getting here and the conference has been no less interesting.

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The Emerging Leader Class of 2015

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Me with TX ASCD Executive Director Yolanda Rey; VP Roy Garcia, and Board Member Treva Franklin

A month or so ago, we were holding a training for elementary teachers on our new textbooks. Our rep, Brett from TX, and one of the trainers, Sam from FL, hadn’t seen each other in quite a while and were catching up over lunch. They were talking about people they knew in common, including a gorgeous blonde who writes books and presents on neuroscience, LaVonna. I was like, well, good for you, I’m going to sit over here and eat my salad while you all laugh and take a selfie to send to her.

End of the conference day today, I’m worn out, but committed to going and enjoying dinner. I get in the elevator for the short ride with a gorgeous blonde. In the short trip down to the conference level, she mentions she writes books on neuroscience. I finally look at her nametag. LaVonna from FL.

HOW WEIRD IS THAT?So I tell her that I think we know mutual people, and we do. So, of course, we took a selfie to send to them.

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Education is a small, small world, people! Be kind to everyone because you never know who you’ll have in common.

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