Thanksgiving arrives a bit late this year - Thursday, November 28. It's a time to reflect on things you are grateful for, so here goes:
First, I want to thank the hundreds of opticians who have attended classes with Optical Seminars this year. I was especially grateful for the more than 100 Florida opticians who attended classes with us for the first time. Also, I want to wish the dozens of apprentices and new licensee applicants who are seeking licensure in our state who attended the Initial Laws and Rules and Hands-On Adjusting classes too.
Second, I wish to express thanks that Optical Seminars is adding at least three new instructors to our faculty roster. It had been challenging to find competent and engaging instructors in south Florida, so I had been teaching all the classes myself. I am happy to report that is no longer the case. We have two new, highly motivated instructors who will be presenting classes in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale in 2020. Look for details in our Upcoming Schedule section in January. Additionally, Dr. Linda S. Paey has been presenting classes in the Tampa Bay area and beyond since January 2019. Dr. Paey is not only knowledgeable and experienced in her field, she has also been a member of Toastmasters for more than 10 years. For those of you who don't know, Toatmasters is an organization that exists to only help its members improve their presnetation skills. So, not only do attendees learn during Dr. Paey's four hours of classes, they have fun too! Dr. Paey is currently developing six new hours for the 2021-2022 biennium. and will continue to present her Ask the Doctor and Basics of Refraction hours in 2020.
Third, I am grateful that the National Academy of Opticianry and the Florida Board of Opticianry have reached an agreement that allows apprentices to take off 2,080 hours from their apprenticeship. That is the equivalent of one year! The program is called the Career Progression Proram. For more information, got to nao.org.
Finally, I am grateful for all the wonderful people in my life (especially my two grandchildren Aidan and Ellie), for my family, my colleagues, and all of Optical Seminars' loyal members.
Happy Holidays to you all.