On the First Day of voicEd Radio, I’m Grateful to Sarah Lalonde

by | December 19, 2017 | 1 comment

Our voicEd Radio website launched in mid-January of this year. And, although Sarah Lalonde wasn’t the first to fill out our online contact form, I clearly remember her enthusiastic submission: I am a first year student teacher at the University of Ottawa and I am absolutely interested in getting involved in VoicEd in any way […]

Our voicEd Radio website launched in mid-January of this year. And, although Sarah Lalonde wasn’t the first to fill out our online contact form, I clearly remember her enthusiastic submission:

I am a first year student teacher at the University of Ottawa and I am absolutely interested in getting involved in VoicEd in any way I could be needed. I am up for anything (podcasting from a service teacher’s point of view, being a guest on someone’s podcast, etc.) I look forward to working with this incredible project! You can also check out my profile on Twitter @sarahlalondee to get a better idea of who I am 🙂

It was a simple message, but one that was gracious, supportive and expressed a desire to jump in and get involved. Not bad for someone just entering the profession.

Since that time, Sarah Lalonde has been a stalwart member of the #ONedMentors, has her own podcast, Que Sera Sarah? and has encouraged her U Ottawa colleagues to become involved with our voicEd Radio community. This past summer, as things got really busy around the voicEd Radio control room, Sarah agreed to come onto the team as our official Community Manager. She immediately set to work on our social media presence, radio stream programming, graphic design (I’ve learned so much seeing what she has come up with), and outreach. In so many ways, Sarah embraces what I hoped this space would become—a community of creative, passionate folks committed to broadening and deepening the work that we are doing in the name of education.

But was has impressed me and others in this community so much is the way that Sarah has inspired the work of others. Her positive affirmation and encouragement are contagious. For those of us who have been around the profession for a while (or longer), Sarah takes us back to our first days of teaching when we acted like anything was possible. Many of us in this voicEd family still firmly believe that and are inspired that there is a whole generation of educators ready to lean into that sense of hope and aspiration.

And isn’t that what this season is all about: hope and aspiration?

So, on this first day of voicEd Radio gratitude, I tip my hat to Sarah Lalonde—a pillar of optimism and creativity. I’m proud to have met you Sarah and I look forward to your presence here for many years to come.

And, for those of you who don’t know Sarah (yet), here is an example of just what we mean by Sarah Anne Lalonde!

 

1 Comment

  1. Brad Shreffler

    Wow Stephen, this is awesome! You perfectly describe Sarah and do appropriate tribute to her awesome work.

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