2015 Healthy Schools Summer Academy, June 2015
I had the pleasure and honor to be a guest speaker this week at the 2015 Healthy Schools Summer Academy, hosted by the Florida Department of Education. Over 100 educators took time out of their valuable summer vacations to participate in workshops and lectures – all to bring more health and wellness to their students.
I shared my story of educator abuse and made a few suggestions on ways to keep our students safe in school. The most wonderful part of this conference for me included the many conversations I had with different participants. Some shared their own personal experiences, while others asked difficult questions concerning various scenarios they have encountered. It was clear to me that these educators are truly passionate about making a difference in their students’ lives, and that just warms my heart.
A well-deserved bravo and congratulations to Michelle Gaines and the rest of her team at the D.O.E. for organizing such a vibrant, informative conference. I also have to commend them for being willing to address the epidemic of educator sexual abuse in this manner. We will not combat this issue by keeping quiet and hoping it goes away on its own. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my experience with these important educators.