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The last few days I passed 500 likes, 250 follows, and am approaching 200 posts. It is hard to believe. In March I had a handful of likes, about 10 followers, and posted intermittently. Blogging is a virtuous circle. It is humbling. Is anyone reading? It is statistically irrelevant. But, once you get into a rhythm it is uplifting and life honouring.

Part of my growth was and remains a supportive community, but we do not see each other face-to-face. Community involves sharing in ways that show the soul of people. I am grateful to find a place where I can do just that

I thank each of you who takes time, reads, and responds. You helped bring transformation in my life as a blogger, learner, and a person.


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

9 responses »

  1. Ivon, I read your comments every day. Sorry to be so silent, but I want you to know I DO read them and appreciate your passion and devotion to teaching and learning. The cloud pictures you posted the other day took my breath away– please pass that on to your niece! Barb

  2. Love this quote. What if we all expressed our appreciation more often? What a wonderfully collaborative, generously affirming, and uplifting place it would be. Thank you Ivon for you attempts at making this earth a little less gloomy! I’m glad that the practice and discipline of blogging is enriching your experience…

  3. I find blogging very addictive but I believe is the healthiest addiction one could suffer from 🙂 Congratulations on your achievements and keep up the great work!


  4. Ivon,
    There are so many perfectly packaged treasures to be found here! I just started blogging last month, as that “mirroring” exercise I expressed, and had no idea there was a community of fellow path walkers. Many Mirrors! I also wear the hat of “teacher” which adds another dimension in your writing as a reflection back to me. Thank you not only for the personal stories, the shares of the beauty found in your part of the world, but also for the time you take to build connections with others!
    I look forward to catching up on and continuing to follow your journey here!


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