Friday, May 6, 2011

My Path

Some of my Twitter #SLPeeps saw my news that I am leaving my Instructional Technology Specialist position as of the end of this year and returning to the full-time (mostly) Speech-Language Pathology fold.  I am going to be taking over for the SLP who was originally my mentor when I came to my district, as she is retiring.  When I heard of this opportunity, it just seemed elementally right for me, and it was also really important to me to stay in my district. I didn't really want to completely start over.

Still, it was a real struggle to make this decision.  I have felt really torn in this past year between my position as an ITS and my feeling that, at heart, I am really a special educator and SLP.  It feels like a clear calling, though it was tough to decide to leave the ITS position that I worked really hard to obtain and establish for myself.  My supervisor, who is wonderful and has been very supportive of what I have been doing here with this blog, was very understanding and instantly ran to photocopy for me one of her favorite quotes;

You must always keep in mind that a path is only a path. Each path is only one of a million paths. If you feel that you must now follow it, you need not stay with it under any circumstances. Any path is only a path. There is no affront to yourself or others in dropping a path if that is what your heart tells you to do. ...ask yourself and yourself alone this one question. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same. They lead nowhere. They are paths going through the brush or into the brush or under the brush of the Universe. The only question is: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then it is a good path. If it doesn’t, then it is of no use.
-Carlos Casteneda

This was an enormous consolation to me, and really framed where I'm at. I feel my heart is in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, and it's not enough for me to follow that path in a very-part-time, "on-the-side" manner as I have been doing for 2 years.

As readers of SpeechTechie, you should know that your support of my little endeavor here played no small part in this decision. I will definitely be continuing to blog about technology, language, and helping all learners. In fact, I think that by being back in a school-based SLP position I will be more grounded and experiential in my writing here and elsewhere. I also will be immediately returning to supervision of Boston University SLP grad students, a role I have really missed.

In addition, this position, which is not completely full-time, will allow at least a day weekly for consultation work around technology integration in Speech-Language and other disciplines serving diverse learners.  If you are at all interested in working with me for your organization or district, please check out my new SpeechTechie Services page!


  1. Good luck with the change! Will you be in the schools?

  2. Thanks Adam- Yes, 1 elementary school- M-Th schedule

  3. I'll have to keep in mind that you're not working for your district on Fridays. When you aren't busy with consulting, we'll have to touch base. Do you have a Skype or iChat account?