by Joey Feith
This is a blog post that I have been wanting to write for a while now.
The past 10 months have been amongst the best of my life. I’ve been so incredibly blessed to have lived so many amazing experiences and to have reached some seriously important milestones in my life.
Here’s the thing: I realized that I took action, worked hard, and stayed committed to my goals even in the toughest of times. However, I also realize that I would have never been able to do that were it not for all of the incredible support, encouragement, motivation, and inspiration that I receive on a daily basis from the people I surround myself with.
The list includes my family, my close friends… and all of you.
Thank you to all of you for all of your incredible support over the years. You have all helped me be the best version of myself, discover and develop my own potential, and keep my passion burning hot each and every day.
Thanks to you, I have found the drive to build this website, maintain it (although on an irregular schedule), and develop it into something that can hopefully help inspire and motivate others in return.
Some of the projects I worked on over the past months… lots more to come!
Thanks to you, I have been able to connect with great minds and passionate leaders through the straight up magic of social media. This has allowed me to continue my own professional development and keep moving towards my end goal: to be the best #physed teacher I can be.
Some of the amazing #physed leaders I’ve been able to meet in person.
Thanks to you, I have been able to travel across Canada, the US, and even Europe to spread the word that the old days of physical education are done and that the new #physed is here and gearing up for the 21st Century.
Some of the amazing places I have had the honour to speak at this year.
Thanks to you, I was able to develop the competence and find the confidence to seek out my dream job and get hired by an amazing school. I can’t even express how emotionally overwhelming it was to sign my first 100%, permanent teaching contract on Tuesday here at St. George’s School of Montreal. I feel as though, after heartbreaking years of having to “go through the system”, dealing with disappointment, and feeling as though no amount of hard work/dedication really mattered, everything has finally paid off. Next year, I’ll finally get to teach physical education on a full time and do everything it takes to build a program that will truly help every child develop into physically literate individual. Professionally, this is all that I have ever wanted and I want you to know that I truly do not believe it would be happening were it not for you.
My home away from home: St. George’s School of Montreal!
There are so many, too many, specific people that I would love to thank here. Trying to do so would only lead to me feeling guilty about having possibly left anyone out.
That being said, if you are out there trying to make a difference in #physed, fighting to raise the bar when everyone else is comfortable with it being set low, taking the few spare hours you have in your schedule to give back to the online community through blogging/tweeting, or going out of your way to have an impact on the life of a child who really needs it… consider yourself on that list of people I want to personally thank.
There is, however, one person that I absolutely need to mention here:
Jess, I know you don’t always read my blog posts. I know this because I usually recite them out loud to you as I’m typing and then, much to your annoyance, spend the following hours reviewing them (out loud) and asking your opinion on each sentence that makes them up… so reading them isn’t really necessary. I know you get sick of hearing me go over my daily lesson plans as we walk the 4km to work, and then reflecting on them as we walk the 4km back home. I know you’re tired of going to bed alone because I can’t go to sleep until I figure out how to make that last graphic/resource/lesson. I know you’re not always happy to cook dinner alone while I moderate #pechat and I know you hate eating dinner alone when I’m away at a conference.
I know all of these things. What eludes me is how, despite all of this, you still show me constant love and support through everything. I’m so insanely blessed to have you in my life and I cannot believe we are getting married this summer. In absolutely every possible way, you are what keeps me going. I love you more than any words could ever express, and wanted everyone here to know that everything that happens on this site happens because of you.
Everyone, thank you so much for everything you have done to help raise the bar for #physed and its profile in today’s world. Thank you for constantly inspiring me with the amazing things you do in service of the young people you have the privilege to work with. Thank you for supporting my own work through your tweets, blog posts, and recommendations. Finally, thank you for helping me be the best teacher I can be.
I am going to do everything I can to make sure that I keep giving back to this amazing community, to recognize/celebrate the people who make it what it is, and to let the world know that there is a new #physed in town!
All of this craziness is still only the beginning. There is a long road ahead of each and every one of us, but I know in my heart that we have all got this. Let’s keep supporting each other, inspiring each other, creating real change and making a real difference.
Thank you and happy teaching!
Joey Feith is a physical education teacher from Canada and the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com.
September 24, 2019
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