Dr. Jalin Johnson, while serving as one of the most consistent and authentic models of collegiality from our first meeting to this very day, was a joy to work alongside throughout our time as the first BCDC cadre. Her passion for serving her students was evident in all aspects of the experience- from conversations on social learning theory to debates on the viability of different technologies, to recognizing how she could share her particular strengths and benefit from harnessing the different strengths of peers.
Jalin was (and is) the thoughtful ying to my overly exuberant yang; she was a very real thought-leader across the entire BCDC process by listening and reflecting before jumping into the fray. Thus, as I would be bouncing about the room with ideas for this, that, or the other, Jalin took it all in and offered either a brilliant insight that elegantly focused my tangents into a smart, cohesive, realistic concept or she asked a single, astute question to afforded a clean, smart paring down of options presented to empower us all to move forward in our design work with greater clarity of purpose. I recognize my words of support may read as hyperbole, but I give you my highest of assurances that there is no exaggeration here.
My appreciation for Dr. Johnson’s participation, collaboration, engagement, and her perspectives throughout the BCDC experience cannot be overstated.
As a testament to the high quality of her finished product be the end of our time together, I asked for permission to use one of the leadership videos she made for her students in the new course I was creating (Instructional Practitioner Leadership). As you can imagine, she said yes with no hesitation; the video is indeed in the course and my students appreciated the content and experience of watching the video so much that several specifically noted it as one of their favorite resources that they would take with them into the real word beyond our class.
Kimberly Greene, Ed.D. Professor, Chair MAE CT School of Education firstname.lastname@example.org T 310.422.1662