What do you hope to gain from your fellowship experience?

I hope to gain two things from this fellowship experience; more confidence as a team leader and a deeper understanding of how to connect with people.

I have just completed my second year of teaching and am currently the youngest employee at my school. Due to extensive changes being made within Bugg, I have been named the grade chair of second grade for the 2017/2018 school year. Sitting amongst the others on the leadership committee it is hard to feel that I have earned my place because most of them have been teaching for many years, some as many as I have been alive. While I know I bring good ideas and perspective to this team, I would like to be able to glean a new confidence from going through training specifically designed for leadership.

As an introvert, networking and connecting with people is not one of my fortes. I find myself to be awkward in large groups of people (including parents and fellow teachers) which can greatly hinder my ability to make positive and memorable impressions on them. Going into this fellowship without anyone I know was a new step for me. More than anything, it is forcing me to begin to make those connections and develop my networking skills. By the end of this fellowship I believe I will be well on my way to meeting that goal.

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