As an educator, I believe that my job is to make myself obsolete. It’s my responsibility to go beyond just sharing information and teaching skills or exercises to be repeated and mastered. Instead, I actively guide students in cultivating their own tools for self-directed investigation, discovery, and growth.
I create spaces of play, introduce ideas to explore, and instigate shifts in perspective and approach by playing devil’s advocate. I facilitate embodied experiences that can lead to theoretical and physical mastery, while also maintaining that right, wrong, and knowing changes with context and perspective.
Ultimately, I find my work to be in holding the space for students to be challenged and supported – to investigate, to fail, to persist – within a community of learners. In this active experiencing, students gain more than the information or skill work to advance – they develop agency, responsibility, resilience, and purpose.