I have big news to share, news that is predicated by a conversation with my children. As I shared with them the possibility of my taking a new job, from the backseat of the car, they asked me really insightful questions. Taking in my honest answers, my son said, "Mama, I think you should go for it." I trust them, and I trust my gut.
So after 11 years at Fordham, I will be moving to Drew University, where I will be director of teacher education. This move means big changes for our family, all of them good, but it also means leaving a place that has been formative to me.
This week, I completed my last semester at Fordham, and I reflected on "place." I've left several places in my life, all of them churning emotions in me. From my high school, to my college, to my parents' home, to my first apartment and house with my husband, to the high school where I taught, place has always mattered to me. This week, I asked why. I share my reflection on leaving this most recent place in this digital story.