Even when you know something is coming, reading it in black and white somehow makes it more real. It wasn’t until I read an email to all staff recently that I realized it was actually happening: one of my mentors, colleagues and friends was retiring from NJSBA. I didn’t expect to feel emotional over her retirement, but I did.
Sometimes in life you are blessed to work with someone who is not only intelligent, talented, and hard-working, but someone who is such a positive personality that they are always a joy to work with. They are the kind of person who, if you have a problem with them, you better take a good hard look at yourself because everyone knows that they are not the problem. You are blessed to have worked with them because during that time they helped you make you a better professional.
I have been privileged over the past 14 years to work with Joanne Borin. I would like to take the time out from discussing the educational issues of the day (the world won’t end if we wait a week to talk about tenure reform, teacher evaluations or school funding ) to talk about someone who has been one of the most positive influences for me at NJSBA. (more…)