Before I became a mom, I was an elementary school teacher in Issaquah, WA. Teaching helped me build the skill set I needed to start Allies and be a facilitator and mentor for groups of young people. Being in the classroom day in and day out for six years, I got real-time feedback from my students, quickly discovered what tactics worked and what didn’t. Currently, I spend a lot of time in elementary school as a volunteer and a substitute teacher for the Bellingham School District.
When problems arise, I learn as much as I can from others, try out many different strategies, make lots of mistakes, and work diligently to get better. I believe in the power of people coming together and sharing their strengths, stories, and perspectives to make our communities stronger.
The Allies program, and the way I parent, reflect these values. Since I didn’t find a social emotional learning curriculum that I felt was the right fit for me and the kids, I pull ideas from a wealth of resources which I try out in our meetings and at home. Some work, some fall flat, and others improve with time and practice. The program is never the same from one group to the next because each member, including me, brings new perspectives and experiences that we learn and build off of.
I am so lucky to be surrounded by friends, community leaders, and professionals who are truly committed to improving the health and happiness of their communities. Like a game of tag, when they pass on awesome ideas that work, I will pass them on to you. Then, you’re it!
If you want to contact me, you can reach me at janetmeddickATgmailDOTcom.