Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mama Beans

The Institute for Extended Learning convened its annual fall conference in preparation for the coming academic year, and invited Stephy Nobles-Beans, affectionately known as "Mama Beans," as the keynote speaker. She addresses the IEL almost every year at our graduation ceremony, and inspires the audience with her passionate oratory skills. Her voice resonates with the fiery tenor of a southern-style preacher, but without the brimstone. She radiates positive energy and love.

This year she said something quite memorable. Speaking of her love for students, she said, "Every student has a sacred story." Her words remain with me, and no doubt change the way I see my own students as the new school year begins. I would like to be more liker her.

Her website can be seen below:

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