When I think about the qualities of the teachers I admire, how they share specific traits that elevate their teaching, and their students, to higher levels, I notice first and foremost their self-awareness. The best teachers know themselves best, and they use that knowledge to make sure they are plugged in, that they are paying attention, and using all of themselves to help their students be everything they can be.
I’m so lucky to work with Lindsey. When I see someone in the hall wearing a piece of beautiful embroidery, I know Lindsey has done it again. She has learned to make exquisite and intricate pieces so quickly—she started just over two years ago—and she has carved out such a bit of fun, some whimsy, for herself and her colleagues. But the way she has done so!
Lindsey explained to me how she came to this part of herself. “I used to nanny for a set of twin girls and their mother embroidered clothes for them. I always admired her work and wanted to be able to do that someday for my own children. Then I learned a lot of the skills through practice and learning by mistakes.” She’s such a great example for her students of the growth mindset, don’t you agree?
Not every inspiration that strikes us comes from inside though. “My husband is in medical school, and I picked up this business not only as a means to help pay the bills and put aside money to start a family, but I also as simply a hobby to get me through the day while my husband studied. My business has helped me to meet new people especially as a teacher when I joined a new school. It has also brought me so much joy as I see my customers’ reactions to their items I have made!”
That’s what I love so much about Lindsey’s outlook: that pure joy from making herself, her customers, and her students so happy. As she explains it, she uses her embroidery as a way to “unwind and cope with the stress of teaching.” She knows that her embroidery will bring her relaxation and joy.
She knows herself, and her joy, completely. Thank you, Lindsay, for being yourself, and sharing your gifts fully with both your students and your fellow teachers.