I have gotten this question, “How do you meet so many cool literacy people?” Well, let me tell you… go to conferences and follow them around! In all seriousness, I have met so many literacy leaders through working with my graduate school and putting myself out there. I go to planning committees for the conference (at TWU graduate students are invited to learn the process and to volunteer your time) so I am there when the question is asked, who wants to introduce the keynote speaker? My hand goes up and I jump at the chance. Or if one of my fellow colleagues want that privilege, I will jump at the change to meet them at the airport, or drive them around. I put myself out there to have conversations about literacy and even the weather. It has been these opportunities that have driven me in my journey of becoming a literacy leader too. Everyone I have met has been so gracious and kind to me. So, put yourself out there. Go to those conferences, follow your literacy leader and don’t be afraid to start up a conversation and introduce yourself. You just never know!
Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.”