Focus for my Friday

Posted by Brenda Yoho
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I do not change who I am with who I am with……

I do not change what I believe because of who is around…..

I do not change what is the core of my values, beliefs and all that I stand for even when others work hard at trying to influence me too.


I do not change who I am with who I am with. Whether I'm surrounded by colleagues, superiors, or students, I remain true to myself. I believe in being authentic and genuine, regardless of the company I keep. My character and values do not shift based on the individuals I interact with.

Similarly, I do not alter my beliefs simply because of the people around me. I hold firm to my convictions, rooted in my experiences and knowledge. I understand that different perspectives exist, and I respect them. However, I do not abandon my own principles in favor of conformity. I value critical thinking and open dialogue, which allow me to engage with diverse viewpoints while staying true to myself.

At the core of my being are my values, beliefs, and all that I stand for. These foundations are unshakeable, even when others attempt to sway me. I recognize that people may try to influence my thoughts and actions, but I remain steadfast. I am committed to upholding what I hold dear, even in the face of external pressures.

My Two Rule Philosophy has evolved over my 25 years of dedicated service to public education. It took shape during my early years as a Teaching Assistant and has grown with me throughout my journey, eventually leading me to the position of Director of Educational Support Programs. This path has not always been smooth, and it shouldn't be. Those who strive to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others should face challenges and obstacles along the way. It is through overcoming these hurdles that we truly grow and develop as individuals.

Moreover, I firmly believe that our commitment to education should be an ongoing and lifelong learning process. We must continually expand our knowledge, skills, and understanding in order to effectively support not only ourselves but also all those we serve. Embracing a mindset of continuous growth ensures that we remain relevant and capable of making a lasting difference in the lives of students, educators, and the community at large.


Stay true to yourself, unwavering in your beliefs and values, regardless of who you are with. Recognize that the journey in education can be challenging but fulfilling, and be committed to continuous learning as a means to positively impact all those you serve. You will find peace at the end of each day, knowing you did all you could with your foundation firmly in place.


"I only have 2 rules!"
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