Arena Spotlight – Women On The Move

What the eyes may no longer see, the heart will always feel. This is a brave, strong woman who might not be in the classroom but her lessons are sure to have a lasting impact. She is definitely In the Arena!

Bold Blind Beauty

“I don’t understand why I didn’t get the job,”

I said to my supervising teacher, “You gave me such stellar reviews from my student teaching, and I feel like I described my teaching style and goals really well in my interview.  I have a 4.0 GPA, and the students loved me!  Did the principal say anything to you about why he didn’t hire me?”

Thomas03142016-31Photo Credit: Morry Angell, Guide Dogs for the Blind

My supervising teacher hesitated.

“Well, um, he did mention that you didn’t maintain strong eye contact throughout the entire interview.  He said your eyes didn’t always follow where he was pointing when he was explaining the school set up. He said your eyes kind of trailed off, and it made him skeptical about you.”

Her words came as a swift, unexpected punch in the gut.

That was 13 years ago, and I cringe thinking about the conversation…

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