We had a chance to connect with 2019 KDSL Global Fellow Octevia Torian and find out about her year as a fellow. She is from Virginia and has 15 years of experience in the education field. In the past she has served as an instructional coach, advisor and advanced academics resource teacher. Currently, Octevia is in her third year of working in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates with a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards, Project-Based Learning, STEM, drones and more.
Share your experience as a KDSL Global Fellow.
My experience as a KDSL Global Fellow was a great opportunity. I knew I wanted to disrupt education in a creative way. Kevin listened to “big goals” and he did not discourage me in working towards my goal. We worked on a plan to achieve the plan. I shortly realized I needed to change my plan a little, and Kevin went with the flow. He continued to encourage me and provide resources to help me move forward. He supported me on social media and throughout my work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He connected me to people in the UAE, and I was able to learn and grow from their advice. Within a year, I accomplished so much as a KDSL Global Fellow. The Teacher Table launched in 2019. The Teacher Table is talk show on education. The show discusses “Everything Education.” I am grateful for the opportunity to grow under the leadership of Kevin and as a KDSL Global Fellow. The Teacher Table is just getting started. However, I am excited to meet other people within the education field and throughout the global community to discuss “Everything Education.”
Advice you would give to an educator looking for opportunities outside of the classroom.
To the educators looking for opportunities outside the classroom I would say start your business in education or in area you desire. Write down your plan and take those initial steps. Check off each step as you go and then celebrate. When times get hard, go harder and push through. It’s your breakthrough to the next level. If you want to start your business or whatever it is outside the classroom, GO FOR IT! Network and build relationships with people in education and find opportunities to network with people not in education. Share your story. Share your passion. Complete a vision board. Use a planner. Do whatever it takes to make it happen. But the main thing that worked for me was finding my squad who supported me and all that I am doing! Then ROCK IT! Don’t worry about the onlookers. That’s their job! Wave and keep striving for greatness. You will win!!
What will you work on next?
That’s a good question. I know I want to continue to make videos for The Teacher Table on a regular based. Now I am a certified Educational Success Coach and collaborate with educators on how they can reach their goals with fun and creative action plans. This year and beyond I want to continue to present on STEM and build my teacher platform on education. The next project is writing and publishing my first children’s picture book (with an interesting twist). I am excited to see how and when this will happen.
To learn more about KDSL Global Fellow Alumni Octevia Torian check her out on social media.
LinkedIn- Octevia Torian