My gift is to feel the pain of young people, pain that others don’t readily see. It’s my sixth sense with students.
Most of my life I was an administrator in private schools. It was tough as some men are not ‘good’ with women having authority. Look at the definition of “Popular” in the musical ‘Wicked’ – it’s the perfect description of what some women do to fit in.
At fifty, I asked, “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” I went back to teaching. At 60, I decided I needed to try something new.
I wrote a marketing plan, incorporating the scores of students rating their teachers, to teach a semester in Europe. I did it for my husband and me.
A Danish university wanted to hire my husband. As part of the deal, they accepted me. I swallowed my pride in being the trailing spouse, not the leading spouse.
At the end, I was asked to teach permanently! I countered with six months a year and they accepted.
Hopefully, ‘Life’ is long. I learned to pack my career suitcase for different circumstances. My suitcase had changes that allowed me to take diverse routes.
This is an excerpt from a comprehensive interview.