COM0014 Post #5 – Work in Progress

I consider myself to be a reflective person but when it comes to self-reflection I can fall a little short. Defining your personal brand is a huge job! It is a statement that should be powerful, clear, a positive idea that comes to mind whenever other people think of you.

So, what do I do when I don’t know where to start, how to answer a question, or what questions to ask? I turn to those who know my brand best – my colleagues! I made a list of my strongest professional traits and skills and asked my co-workers to circle one trait from each group that describes me best:

Jodi - Personal Brand

To my relief, how I project myself in my professional life is how others perceive me. I preface this statement because let’s be honest, I am not always a team-player and sometimes I can be a real curmudgeon.

Now for the big questions:

  1. Who am I? I am a former farm girl who has always liked school and the arts. I had a hard time defining what my passion is. What am I passionate about? It took me a number of years to realize that my passion was right there under my nose – post-secondary education. I took my creativity, reliability, work ethic, fun spirit, loyalty and education, mashed them together and made myself a home in a variety of post-secondary educational institutes across Canada, including most recently Algonquin College in Pembroke.
  2. What makes me different? Over the years I have come to the realization that I may very well be an old woman trapped in the body of a much younger woman – wise beyond my years…maybe. More likely is the fact that I don’t think the same way as the average person my age, I don’t do the same activities as someone my age and my lifestyle choices aren’t the norm either.  I take pride in this fact. I was raised to understand that I can be whoever I want to be – thanks Mom and Dad!

To sum it all up – I am still defining my personal brand and enjoying the journey!

p.s. Found this little gem the other day – enjoy!



Trail blazes programming ideas with 100 DAYS OF CHILD CARE PROGRAMMING !!

100 Days photo 2003 SLC


Retired on-floor ECE teacher turned college professor.



Canada, where she maintains her first love, the education of children by inspiring ECE students to teach young children.

After graduating (ahem 20 years ago) with her ECE diploma, she’s worked in the field ever since, and is a proud witness to the emerging public awareness of the importance of play in young children.



Tames the flurry of ECE programming ideas into an ebook, blog and social media presence with 100 DAYS OF CHILD CARE PROGRAMMING, a collection of short and snappy creative art and programming ideas for the everyday teacher.August 18 033

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Yup.  She created and ran The Social Learning Centre – an afterschool homework and creative experience program for school age children. It was the best kind of down time after school .