NEW DATE - January 24th!!
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Beth Burke

Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School
Director of Instructional Technology
Skokie, IL
About myself...

I am one of the luckiest people in the world. "Why?" you ask?

First of all, I get to share my perfectly imperfect life with my greatest loves of all, my soulmates, and the two most extraordinary young women I know...my daughters Ella (13) and Amy (10).

Secondly, I have a job that doesn't feel like a job. Well, most days, anyway... ;-) I wake up every morning actually excited to get to work! Well most days, anyway.... ;-)

I have many retired friends and family members who never found a job that they enjoyed, even remotely, for their entire working lives. That was almost me! I became complacent and decided "a job is just meant for survival...something we are supposed to do but not supposed to like." Today I recognize how fortunate I am to even have a job in the first place. But to have a job I spend at least 50 hours a week doing and actually enjoy doing it has given me a much-needed attitude adjustment. Oh...and they pay me to do what I love to do also. How cool is that??? I am so lucky to have found this "needle" in the haystack of life, and I do my best not to take it for granted.

Finally, I am so lucky to be surrounded by truly remarkable people in all facets of my life, including family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and more. Each one of these people is exceptional in his or her own way, and each has uniquly touched my life, making a profound impact on who I am today.

I see some of these people F2F every single day, while some I have never met in person. There are others with whom I frequently text or chat online. And there are some people with whom I communicate just once or twice a year (or even less), but when we do it's as if no time has passed. There is yet another group of people I consider part of my surroundings with whom I have had no 2-way interactions. These are people I "follow" online whose words I cling to due to the depth with which those words have resonated within me. These are people who generously and selflessly give away their wisdom, experience, and strength, and for whom I have much gratitude. I can only hope that I either have or one day will pay them back or else pay it forward.

So why do I talk about the people around me when I'm supposed to be talking about myself? I learn from everyone around me, as I believe we all do. Consequently, every human connection I make, regardless of its structure or purpose, plays a part in shaping me. And collectively they...rather YOU make me who I am today.

So now, let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a(n)...

...mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, acquaintance, co-worker, educator, PLNer, learner, initiator, leader, follower, vision seer, thinker, tinkerer, fixer, breaker, problem solver, trouble maker, clown arounder, frequent giggler, bad joke teller, couch potato, board game player, daydreamer, ice-cream eater, peacekeeper, sometimes instigator, generation Xer, plate overfiller, overwhelmed self-imposer, learning to give out "nos"er, trying NOT to "keep up with the Jones"er, ego at the door checker but sometimes ego door check forgetter, life's short so live it well deducer, responsible for my own happiness believer, no-free-rent-in-my-noggin provider, grateful geek, nutty nerd, sometimes winner, sometimes loser, what matters is how you play it player, underdog rooter, conference presenter, creative collaborator, inventor, mover, shaker, maker, risk taker, repetitive key loser, abysmal-turned-adequate organizer, learning from mistakes expert, room for improvement finder, neverending work in progress developer, high values maintainer, respect provider, respect deserver, flawed woman, cliched roarer, obstacle fighter, forever survivor.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, January 24

9:30am CST