Ana Fabrega: From Teacher to Dreamer

Ana has dreams to teach and start her own education company. She loves kids and has a passionate vision for transforming the education system.

She taught at elementary schools for five years, with lots of hard work but little recognition to show for it.

When her students were in her class, they loved to learn. They raised their hands, finished their homework, and participated in class discussions. But once they left the classroom, they returned to the broken and outdated education system, where students work hard for the promise of good grades but not for the love of learning.

​Ana wants to re-create the education system. But for years, she didn’t know how to make meaningful change. Even though she had ideas, she was “just a teacher.”

She isn’t internet savvy, and before she joined Write of Passage, she had never published an article online. Her Twitter account was inactive, her website didn’t exist, and she hadn’t written an essay since college.

More difficult. English is her third language. She lives in Panama and is much more comfortable speaking Spanish and Portuguese. Speaking in English is hard enough, let alone writing.

On the first day of Write of Passage, she felt like an underdog. Do I belong here? Can I succeed as an online writer? Am I ever going to learn how to write?

But then, her relationship with the Internet changed. She began writing publishing articles and getting feedback from classmates. Her confidence started to build. Halfway through Write of Passage, she sent me the following email: “This is the most excited I’ve been in a while. Since we started the course, my mind has been rushing non-stop with ideas.”

Spurred by her excitement, she created a website, launched an email newsletter called Fab Fridays, and started using Twitter to test and refine her ideas.

Her message spread one article at a time. Then, one of her tweets went viral.

3,000 retweets. 16,000 likes. Hundreds of new email subscribers.

After she went viral, I congratulated her. She responded with delight and the amazement that comes when you feel the magic of the Internet for the first time.

When I met Ana in-person for the first time, She told me she was overwhelmed with how many people want to help her transform the education system.

Next, she wants to use her online audience to turn her dream of building an online school into a reality.

Ana’s story explains why the first module in Write of Passage is called The Age of Leverage.

Just a decade ago, a transformation like hers would not have been possible. Blogs were too hard to build, social media was too small, and reaching people through traditional media was too expensive. But now, everybody can publish and distribute their ideas for free.

Write of Passage isn’t just a writing course. In it, you’ll learn how to use the Internet to reach like-minded people, just like Ana.

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