eduPAVICH

Warning…I’m a HUGGER…

Therefore, this tab will help you get to know me, but you will get to know ALL of me because there’s no such thing as personal cyberspace at The Global Pen.  While I deeply value professionalism, and while virtually every decision I make orbits around this value, I am also inherently human.  I have a heart.  And for the most part, I have a pretty soft soul.  So my professional teaching blog will get personal for these very human reasons.

I invite you to put the red pen down, pick up your tolerance for occasional nonsense, and shake my hand…nah, gimme a HUG.  Welcome to my World.  The door is always open ;-)

The Global Pen is Born…

My #1 inspiration :-)

My #1 inspiration :-)

The genesis of this blog began with the genesis of my first born.  In the summer of 2012, just prior to my daughter’s birth, I decided to nest everything in my house, including my laptop.  I literally organized every electronic file I owned…

And as I did so, I thought about the close-knit relationship I’ve had with my career up to this point.  As I prepared to spend every waking moment hovering over the crib of my little gift from heaven, I reflected on how I had spent every waking moment prior hovering over the teacher’s desk in my classroom…

I’d spent every morning, noon, and many a late evening on my high school campus planning lessons, working with students, meeting with colleagues, grading essays, designing activities.  I never left without my totebag in hand or my nerdy cart-on-wheels rolling behind me, either of which was always filled to the brim with the paper trail I grew to appreciate so much.

Would it all change with the pitter-patter of little feet?  Of course it would!  And I absolutely couldn’t wait to give her full dominion over my world.  But sulking in the corner was my career, pouting at the thought of having to share.  So I knew I had to find–dare I say it–balance between work and play…

Since my call to motherhood was top priority, I decided to compromise with said injured career by making myself virtually available; I began drafting plans to put my electronic blood, sweat, and teacher tears online.  That way I could continue to enjoy my career, but without sacrificing the joy of being a new mom.

Not to mention, I’ve wanted to be a writer my whole life.  If you ask my oldest, dearest friend from childhood, she would tell you the same.  It’s a dream I’ve been chasing since I picked up my first pen and scrawled that first story in hot pink ink at the mere age of 7 (true story).  Problem is, I never really let anyone read those electric pink lines…the age-old fear that they wouldn’t be good enough was just. too. risky…

So at 7 months prego, my daughter taught me the first of many lessons in the bold disregard of all things frightening.  She taught me to LEAP because the universe would undoubtedly catch me.  I could hear the echoing (literally) within:

“you will teach your daughter to dream big…how will you show her the importance of following your heart?  You can’t hide behind being a writing teacher forever, Jill…you need to BE a writer.  Raize those thoughts of rejection to the ground.  Obliterate fear!  Let your daughter see, firsthand, what it means to persevere, to be passionate about what you love, and to be active in seeking out happiness in its purest form…

It was this nudging (again, literally) from within that inspired me to bring my blog into this world… 

On June 18th, 2012 at 4:56p.m., weighing in at 114 words and 2 hyperlinks, the first page of the Global Pen was born.

And on August 17th at 10:36p.m., weighing in at 7 pounds and 9 ounces, Willow Scott Pavich was born.

I’m the proud mother of two unbelievable babies, both of which I’ve been dreaming about my entire life.

Entirely cheesy, but entirely human!

Again, welcome to my world.  All of it.  Where the lines of work and play are occasionally grayed simply because, face it, HUMOR and a YOUNG HEART are the only ways we’ll survive this profession!

Now put your house slippers on, grab a warm cup, and let’s get our collaboration on.

Most Genuinely,

Jill Pavich, NBCT

Creator of The Global Pen Dot Com