Here are a few of the traits that made her such a powerful, positive force in her school and in her community.
- Nurturing and Supportive: There was never any doubt that Ms. Shepard (or "Shep") was there for you, whether you were a faculty member, student, or parent. She believed that making people happier and more successful was important.
- Positive: Vicki was always able to find some aspect of a situation that cast events in a positive light. What she was able to accomplish was to say, "Yes, this is not a good situation, but how can it be an opportunity to create a better world, a better day, a better relationship?" She emphasized the process of dealing with change and moved attention away from considering an event a concrete, unchangeable occurrence. Win or lose, how could the reality help us deal with tomorrow's match point?
- Progressive and Evolutionary: The desire to help was not enough. Vicki always ended with a call to action. What are you going to do now? How can you fix the situation to make it better? In the world outside of school, people recognize that sometimes mistakes happen. What defines the individual is the desire and ability to make things right. Vicki taught this powerful, evolutionary behavior to her students. What a powerful gift! OK, you're sorry--now, what are you going to do about it to make things better?
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