The “Just Me” Intro
The one subject I struggled with in grade school was handwriting. Why? Because the teachers insisted that I write on the lines, and I don’t do that very well. I’ve always been drawn to the space between the lines. Things look a little clearer when I can see not only both sides but also the vast land of possibility bridging two unwavering lines.
Granted, the land between lines of battle can be a minefield, and no one expects to see someone wandering there. No, we’re expected to pick a side and line up. Don’t bother with the space between, just shoot away at the other line. But again, I don’t do that very well. The space is too intriguing, and I guess that’s what I write about, the ideas I find between the lines of expectation.
I don’t have to look far for those ideas because I, like everyone, am equipped with my own company of actors, a stage full of players including a teacher (that’s me) and her 150 or so college students, a pastor/husband and his 350ish-member congregation, a successful daughter who is making her way in the world of finance, a colorful extended family whose stories would fit well in the middle of a Faulkner short story, and a couple of miscreant beagles.
These players and their stories help me trudge through intersecting issues like faith, culture, family, education, and politics. What am I looking for? An existence where love for God and people is real. A place where I can hear the voice of God saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).
The “Formal Me” Intro
Lisa earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of New England and also holds a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Science in Adult Education from Texas A&M University-Texarkana where she now serves as the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) Program Director. Under Lisa’s leadership, the BAAS program has been recognized locally and nationally as one of the most innovative programs for adult learners in higher education. Going forward, Lisa desires to continue building an academic program that offers transformational opportunities to adults returning to college. Her hope in doing so is that graduates of the program will carry positive change into their own communities and families, thus making the BAAS more than just a piece of paper.