It has been a year!
It has been a very exciting year since I became a Google Innovator in #COL16! It has truly been a whirlwind and so much has changed in my life since that time. I have met the most amazing people and feel like I am part of an amazing family!
I didn't think I would get in.
I was new to this world of Instructional Technology and I decided to kick down the door and be as active as I could in this world. I heard about a Google certification. I wasn't completely sure what it was and how it would help me, but I knew I loved and taught Google products, so why not! I was interested and started down the path to becoming a Google Certified Trainer (old program). Then, I learned you can become Level 1 and 2 certified, so that was next! Finally, I learned Google had an Innovator program, but that it was hard to get in. I decided there was no good reason not to apply and at least try, so I did! I got in on the first try! And then...my journey began.
I had just started my company, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC, and that was where all of my passion flowed. So, I decided that when they asked me to chose a passion project, my company was a no-brainer. And it worked! I was thrilled to go to Colorado for the first time and meet other people who were passionate about education, technology, and Google!
You know how people say there are events in your life that are so life-changing that there is a before that event and an after that event. Well, this was one of those events! The people I met...the things I learned...my life would never be the same. Before this, I thought I was getting into the instructional technology world, but through this, I learned that there were so many things that I did not even know about.
I was transformed!
I am so happy and proud to be a part of this community...of this family! It has opened up so many doors for me and my company. It has lead me down roads I did not know existed and I feel like this is only the beginning for me.
If you are thinking of applying, do it! If you have applied already and did not get accepted, apply again and reach out to an Innovator for help with your application. It can happen for you and, take it from me, it is absolutely worth it.
Do it! It is one of the best decisions I have made in my life!
Desiree Alexander aka Educator Alexander is excited about her first blog, Honestly Desiree! Learn more about her at www.educatoralexander.com/about.