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Deborah Hohn Tonguis    New Orleans, Louisiana
…because all I ever  wanted to be      was a   junior high    classroom  TEACHER.
   I was seeking a Master of Arts degree…but I got a lot more than just an education.
For the first time in my life…                                  “Discovering                                   who you are...
I was asked to see my life…1985   1995     2005     2015     2025   2035   2045                …one decade at a time.
What I saw clarified the course of my career…          …and changed my life.
This is what I saw…         A move back to Louisiana   A marriage to a tall man with light hair         2 children, a g...
Did what I see that day come true?See for yourself…
   I left California, in spite of 3 job offers there…    …and moved back to New Orleans, Louisiana.
   I married Mike Tonguis, a 6’2” blonde.
   Daughter Bethany is born      Son Michael is born
   I taught Developmental Reading and Writing          to provisional freshmen at the            University of New Orlean...
   I moved out of the city and to a wooded    suburb 24 miles north of New Orleans.
I left Higher Ed and began teaching               High School Social Sciences   Freshman World Geography         Senior ...
I took on campus leadership positions:   Social Studies Department Head   Curriculum Design Team Leader   Freshman Coor...
I was honored to be named the“2009 Louisiana Teacher of the Year”
   I completed my first book…a gift to my        fellow state teachers of the year.
I was honored alongside all of the state teachers        in the White House Rose Garden              by President Obama
I was chosen for      Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s“Stimulus Package Money for Education” Committee
I participated in meetings with Dr. Jill Biden about    National Standards and Standardized Testing.
I participated in the2009 National Forum on Educational Policy
I served on “Race to the Top”Committee Meetings at Princeton University
I began my doctoral program…an Ed.D in Teacher Leadership
How did participating in a single  strategic visioning exercise            in 1984      allow me to clearly             SE...
…because someone took the time to    ASK ME    what I saw   in my future.
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Debbie Tonguis Strategic Futuring with Audio

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Debbie Tonguis Strategic Futuring with Audio

  1. 1. Deborah Hohn Tonguis New Orleans, Louisiana
  2. 2. …because all I ever wanted to be was a junior high classroom TEACHER.
  3. 3.  I was seeking a Master of Arts degree…but I got a lot more than just an education.
  4. 4. For the first time in my life… “Discovering who you are is the only JOB you have… and GOD will find a way to pay you to be YOURSELF.” ~Ray Rood…someone asked me to envision my future.
  5. 5. I was asked to see my life…1985 1995 2005 2015 2025 2035 2045 …one decade at a time.
  6. 6. What I saw clarified the course of my career… …and changed my life.
  7. 7. This is what I saw…  A move back to Louisiana  A marriage to a tall man with light hair  2 children, a girl and a boy  A job teaching in higher education  A home in a suburban community  Opportunities to teach younger students  Teacher leadership positions  Participation in state level work  A published book  A doctorate Participation in change on a national level
  8. 8. Did what I see that day come true?See for yourself…
  9. 9.  I left California, in spite of 3 job offers there… …and moved back to New Orleans, Louisiana.
  10. 10.  I married Mike Tonguis, a 6’2” blonde.
  11. 11.  Daughter Bethany is born  Son Michael is born
  12. 12.  I taught Developmental Reading and Writing to provisional freshmen at the University of New Orleans for over 10 wonderful years
  13. 13.  I moved out of the city and to a wooded suburb 24 miles north of New Orleans.
  14. 14. I left Higher Ed and began teaching High School Social Sciences Freshman World Geography  Senior Psychology
  15. 15. I took on campus leadership positions: Social Studies Department Head Curriculum Design Team Leader Freshman Coordinator New Teacher Mentor Staff Development Program Facilitator Teacher In-Service Workshop Facilitator
  16. 16. I was honored to be named the“2009 Louisiana Teacher of the Year”
  17. 17.  I completed my first book…a gift to my fellow state teachers of the year.
  18. 18. I was honored alongside all of the state teachers in the White House Rose Garden by President Obama
  19. 19. I was chosen for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s“Stimulus Package Money for Education” Committee
  20. 20. I participated in meetings with Dr. Jill Biden about National Standards and Standardized Testing.
  21. 21. I participated in the2009 National Forum on Educational Policy
  22. 22. I served on “Race to the Top”Committee Meetings at Princeton University
  23. 23. I began my doctoral program…an Ed.D in Teacher Leadership
  24. 24. How did participating in a single strategic visioning exercise in 1984 allow me to clearly SEE what was before me?
  25. 25. …because someone took the time to ASK ME what I saw in my future.

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