****I don’t want a design that has the lower case e inside and O... it looks like the @ symbol and evokes technology rather than emotion and relationship.***
My organization provides professional development/training/coaching services to teachers who work primarily (but not exclusively) with preschool through 8th grade students at Montessori schools. The content of the trainings focuses on self-awareness, relationship skills and empowerment. Here is a piece of writing that captures more:
An Original Educator is someone who understands their origins. They know who they are, where they came from. They have a commitment to self-awareness and self-improvement. They understand that they are a unique human being, having a unique experience that isn’t going to parallel anyone else’s and may or may not fit into any boxes. An original educator also understands their authenticity and their integrity, and when they’re being asked to do something that is a step outside of their originality, their authenticity. The original educator is creative and instead of reacting in the binary system is playing in a field of possibility. An original educator understands their essence and their strengths and their gifts and knows where to use those within their professional world and where they need support in order to meet the objectives of their job.
An original educator is embracing the idea that their role is really to be in relationships with their students and to be in relationships with the adults in their environment, their co-teachers, their other level teachers, the 1st grade team, the specials team, and the administrators. The new original educator understands that relationship is the vehicle for learning, not the imparting of knowledge or the elevation of the rational. This is a movement from rational to relational.
When you are an original educator, you are committed to the healthy evolution of yourself and your place in the school and the school itself. Original educators by default accept that there is going to be growth and change and that growth is actually a mandate, not an option. An original educator is dynamic, responsive, and resilient. Part of being resilient doesn’t mean that you’re always cheerful and happy and functional, but that when things are hard, you’re willing to be vulnerable, say that things are hard, and then get the support that you need. The strength of the original educator actually comes from struggle and is transforming pain or conflict or just tension into their own learning and healthy evolution in the service of themselves as a fully prepared adult who can meet the needs of children and serve the system of the school as a whole.
This contest is for one logo image for The Original Educator. I’d like the typography to work for my program names which are The Resilience Equation, The Elevated Educator and The Elevated Educator for Teams.