Angela Maiers embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. She helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology and the Internet. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits. She is the author of six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom, and her You Matter talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times. Angela is the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that believes that when people know they matter and that their actions count, hearts, minds, learning and the world change. Angela is an alumna of The University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s in Educational Supervision and Reading.
i am ME. Statements
i am dedicated. i am passionate. i am a life long learner.
GETTING TO KNOW ANGELA
What is one thing that makes you unique as a leader?
I can help name and note what unique attributes my students have.
What about teaching today gives you the greatest fulfillment?
Because I am in the presence of genius, our birthright, everyday.
Please share with us a simple connection where you feel you made a long-lasting, powerful impact on a student.
Every single day. It is all about honoring those first seconds when we see each other, and the more we truly see each other, the more our eyes light up.
Tell us about a challenging situation that could have resulted in a bad outcome, but because you persisted — and perhaps made tough decisions, the now painful memory serves as a great lesson?
I am living it everyday. Choose2Matter started with just an idea and I did struggle for over two years with no funding or support until just about a month ago.
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
What one strategy would you suggest teachers in personalized learning environments apply everyday that would result in powerful outcomes?
Look in the mirror everyday until this becomes a habit and say these words, “I am enough.” You cannot lead from a place of unworthiness.
i am ME.
Can you share with the i am Me. audience one thing that makes you GREAT?
My passion because it makes me confidently unstoppable.
CONNECTING WITH ANGELA