I have always been an earnest student (pictured here) so I'm really not surprised that 23 years into this profession being in learning mode continues to feel normal and right to me. I keep learning how to help all this sexuality business go better (for schools and families certainly but ultimately, and always) for the kids.
From the very beginning, signing up to be a sexuality educator meant never taking this marvelously human role for granted, and that has only grown stronger with time. I think about the brief chance I have to provide some comfort and assurance for that one particular kid in class, or that stressed parent that had a lot to work through just to attend an evening event – it keeps me humble, curious, and intent on creating a meaningful connection.
Listening and learning from so many kids and adults, being in a position to hear stories and watch emotions come alive on faces, gives me steady practice in shifting my perspective, and dropping assumptions and old ideas that get in the way. This is my normal, everyday, delightful experience – refiguring out, again and again, the very best things I can offer, question, or make a little more room for.
Inspiration – for making it easier on kids to be healthy and happy – is everywhere. So many good people are working hard to create deeper understanding, more thoughtfulness and grace, and better outcomes for young people. (See my favorite people/educators on the resources page).
Special thanks and forever appreciation to -
Julie Metzger, Rob Lehman and everyone at Great Conversations,
Mike Montgomery, Kerrin Scott and the families of Open Window School,
Drew Emery and his magnificent film, Inlaws and Outlaws,
and Helen Walsh at Seattle Public Schools, who first presented the path.
I am so very grateful this work found me. I hope it finds you too.
Questions? Want to get coffee? I’m ready to talk!