I used to think that educational
organizations were not for me. As a classroom educator of twenty-one years, I
am certain that we educators possess a unique lens through which insights
abound. We are the ones on the ground, in front of children each day. Our
voices should be not only included but centered in any education discussions.
Because I did not see that
perspective in these organizations, I stayed away, choosing to hone my craft
through connecting with other educators any way I could. This proved a slow
process, at the mercy of chance encounters. So why am I now advocating for you
to be involved in NCTM? Good question.
I admit I have not been a member
of NCTM for long. The first annual meeting I attended was in 2019 in San Diego,
and I was totally unprepared for how much the experience would change me. It
felt as if so many that I had connected with virtually were able to meet in
person, as friends, not strangers. There is no feeling like that of being
surrounded by like minds who inspire you. I was surrounded by family.