EHE Alumni Society president’s message
I have been fortunate to have had many mentors in life. Some I chose; others chose me. Each of these individuals has taught, challenged, corrected, supported and praised me along the way.
At this point in my journey, I have the privilege of mentoring others. I take this responsibility seriously and strive to impart valuable core nuggets that I’ve gathered. Here are a few that have served me well as a professional:
Strive to become the best version of yourself. You were created with a unique set of strengths and attributes. Reflect on who you are and what you want in life. Engage in work that inspires you and strive for continuous improvement.
Develop a moral compass. Be honest and forthright. Integrity pays in the long run, and you will have greater peace within yourself if you have it.
Be adaptable. Tackle problems others won’t, try new approaches, be open to new ideas and constantly seek to learn more. We live in a fast-paced world. If you adapt, you will remain relevant.
Own your mistakes and commit to fixing them. Mistakes are learning opportunities. Get comfortable with admitting when you are wrong. You’re human.
Marie Ward is superintendent of the Fairfield County Educational Service Center in Ohio.