SOLC 12 of 31: Dissertation Defense

The day that I gave birth to my first child, my daughter, I worked up until the bell rang for dismissal at my school and then walked to the hospital. 5 hours later, she was born.

This memory seems appropriate today as I was working on COVID-19 planning all day yesterday and well into the evening last night (while I was supposed to be practicing for my defense). And then again at school this morning to make paper copies for parents who don’t have online access to our remote learning plans. After which, I ran home, took a deep breath and got ready to defend my dissertation, virtually.

You see, this wasn’t what I had planned. But, life these days isn’t what any of us planned. Originally, the plan was to take the day, drive to Philadelphia with my husband, hold my defense and then go out to eat to celebrate.

Well, the going down to Philly to defend in person got the ka-bosh last night and was reframed to be held via ZOOM meeting. I still got my celebration lunch with my husband, so that was nice. But it was all sandwiched in between COVID-19 planning and implementation for my own building and district.

So, while this wasn’t the defense that I had pictured in my mind, nor one that allowed me photos for Facebook, it was a defense that I passed and was proud of. To hear that your work was meaningful and relevant and has life beyond the work of this disseration is humbling. To hear that your passion came through and that the professional recommendations are important, is heart-warming. To end a 3 year academic test of grit and perseverance in this way – amazing!


  1. March 12, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations!!! An amazing accomplishment that you won’t forget, especially because of the strange day.

  2. Patty Nault said,

    March 12, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Congratulations! I think you forgot to add that you also found time to post a slice. Incredible!

  3. March 12, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Congratulations! So good that you did well, and your work was recognized as worthwhile, and probably even more difficult to do long-distance. Good luck with the future.

  4. March 12, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Congratulations! Such a big accomplishment. I am sorry you couldn’t have it in person.

  5. Suzanne Richardson said,

    March 12, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Congratulations on your virtual dissertation. I am still marveling at your story about the birth of your daughter! That’s amazing!

  6. Anna Maria said,

    March 13, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m sorry it wasn’t exactly how you had planned it though. But still your defense passed!

  7. caroline524 said,

    March 13, 2020 at 2:27 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! What a truly eventful day. I am so happy for you.

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