I haven’t seen it all – but I’m sure trying to! welcome to my blog. I’m Pat Keeney, and I am pleased and excited to meet you. I have always believed that we are put here on Earth to help each other out and as I get older, I am realizing the I better get to helping folks out with knowledge that comes from 41 years of work in 34 calendar years! No, I am not a workaholic. In fact, I have been able to work in a career that really has consisted of following one dream after another.
I was a classroom teacher for many years, but never the type to go home when the last bell sounded. I coached, and later found ways to work in education that were truly great fortune. I have had the chance to see education and learning from many different facets. While working for a wonderful company, I was able to homeschool with my son and daughter. I have taught with the best, listened to the finest minds in education, and worked with some of the most amazing people on the planet. I am in awe of the people I have come in contact with.
And yet, education continues to find itself in crisis. Consider the state of Tennessee where about 1 in 3 people have credentials beyond high school. By the year 2018, almost 2 out of every 3 jobs throughout the US will require some type of credential beyond a high school diploma! It isn’t hard to figure out that Tennessee is a state in crisis! It is also a state in action!
Tennessee Promise is an initiative that has been built the way that the best things in our country have been. It’s a program that has spawned from a great idea, then tested, and now the state plans to invest in its youth and its future by providing an education, at no cost, through a student’s sophomore year! That is how you answer a crisis!
We need more of that. I have had the opportunity to collaborate on many ideas and programs, that have made a small difference, but not on the scale of Tennessee Promise. My hope though is that I can offer you some of my experience and knowledge to help you learn better, and weave through the most confusing time in human history to know the best choices in education. And I want you to help!
What do you want to hear or know about? If I don’t know the answer, I can get it for you – which is what teaching is all about anyhow. So I thank you for joining me in this quest and as with any trek, we will not know where we will end up but together will be the better for it. Welcome!