Dear Hero:

What would you say to your hero? Better yet, who is your hero? The past few days, weeks, and months have really had me thinking a lot about my hero. Coincidently my friends over at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C. have also been curious who are our heroes. So I decided I would write a letter to my hero.

Yet what would I say, what could I say? I would be writing a letter to my mom. I had to first identify what made her my hero – I knew it was more than all the cliché reasons. My mother was born deaf in 1964 as a result of the German measles. Both her parents, and later all her siblings, were hearing. Yet she was never treated different nor did she expect anything different. Now, she has a master’s degree in deaf education, and works with special needs elementary students at the California School for the Deaf. My hero is someone who has never doubted my dreams – she is that person who has shown me that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. I’ve learned from her, that by being myself, by being perfectly human, we can make a difference. As I said in my first year in the profession I have found myself thinking, who’s my hero, but the answer was clear. Who inspired me to do my best work, who did I turn to for motivation, strength, and confidence. How many of our students face adversity? How many of them have struggled? How many of them will go on to be heroes?

As I said I have been thinking a lot about my hero in my first year as a professional, but on the same day that I had the ides for this post I also received an email from none other than my friends at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, the White House, subjected: Who are your heroes? It was like they had read my mind! They are looking for nominations for the Citizens Medal – for people who make a difference! Nominations are due by Tuesday, April 24th! Who is your hero?

Nominations and full criteria can be found here:

In peace,

Ryan Bye 

Student Affairs - the First Years

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1 comment :

  1. Your mom is so proud of you, and I'm sure this made her even prouder.


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