“Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear you path.” ~ Unknown
Today, Amber Sergent and two other Kentucky high school teachers of history and civics were awarded the Earle C. Clements Award for Innovation in Education. I met Amber several years ago when she was transcribing oral histories. We hit it off immediately. She’s super smart and hilariously funny. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of watching her young family grow up and her career as a teacher bloom into something truly inspiring. She gave a brief but powerful speech at the awards ceremony about her students and the value of education in growing children into responsible adults. Even if I hadn’t know her before that speech, I would have known after it why she won the award and why teachers like her are so important to our nation and global society. Afterward, I gave her a hug and told her she did not suck. She understood that to be a compliment of the highest order, and vowed to use it for others who also do not suck. This understanding, among many others, is precisely why we are friends. I could be more proud, and no one deserved that award more than she did. For the record, Amber, you do not suck.