6HUNpjAdversity is defined as difficulty or misfortune.

As educators, we face adversity!

This can be challenging, but it is what we need to make us grow in love, leadership, and passion.


No one will ever understand the days that we want to throw in the towel, question our calling, or even go outside to our car during planning time and just cry. This year has handed more adversity in my personal teaching career than any other year, but guess what, I WILL AND HAVE REMAINED PLANTED FIRMLY IN GOOD SOIL.

My blog is titled THE EDUCATOR’S CALL. Teaching is a gift and it allows us to connect with not just young minds but all of our brother and sisters in Christ. It is not easy being in the front of so many different faces and personalities. The one thing that this school year has taught me is that anything that was designed to hinder me or cause failure has been turned around for the good and Glory of God.

It is important to maintain your strength, even on the days, you feel that you have none; someone needs you and every minute counts. It is even more important to maintain your patience on the days you want to lose your cool and give up completely, the reward is waiting for you to grab it; faith it ’til you make it. Pray like you have never done so before, believe like that is the only option that you have, and receive all the good things and feedback that you deserve.  Do not be afraid to ask for help when you are staring in the face of difficulty or misfortune.

This calling, THE EDUCATOR’S CALL, is one of the most beautiful and absolutely necessary. Our students need us; God needs us. I have been shown strength and intelligence that I never new existed, or even knew that I was capable of. The next time, you face adversity, know that it is only designed to stretch you and continue to qualify you into your purpose and calling. I see you, I hear you, and I am grateful for you.

From My Heart to Yours.


Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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