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When I am fully in relationship with someone, this makes perfect sense. Yesterday, someone commented that someone earns our love. Perhaps on an intimate level that is the case; however, on a more global level, what is my responsibility? As I was sitting here, a parent of a former student came up and we chatted. Her son is doing very well. That is the I get you I am talking about. It is not always about the person we are in daily contact with. What difference did I make for that child several years ago?

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.

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  1. Yes…absolutely..even on an intimate level as you call it,the end result is the final outcome- whch is measurable by how much you invested in the relationship without expecting how/what you got in return. Personally ,I think that one needs to give much more without expecting what to get in return.Afterall,the balance of life does not rest on the dynamics of debit and credit alone.

  2. In my opinion everything in life needs attention and work to become anything, relationships included.

    • I agree Alex. You remind me of the story about star fish washed up on the beach and the boy throwing them back one at a time. It makes a difference to the one’s we help.

  3. Teachers have an amazing influence on children when they are truly committed. My HS French teach set me on a path that determined the rest of my life. I would so love to be able to tell her how much she impacted me but sadly she is no longer with us.

    • I agree Tina. My choice to become a teacher was greatly influenced by a handful of remarkable people who were teachers in various walks of life. Some of them were school teachers, but others were members of the community at large and I learn so much from them.


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