“Surge doesn’t end in development; it ends in metamorphosis. I entered conflicted and, honestly, confused regarding my work, my connection to our city, and my future in education. I exit confident in myself, my impact, and my mission. I exit connected to an amazing network of Surge siblings and family. I ‘exit’ consciously knowing there is no ‘exit’ from family and I’m a better educator for having been welcomed into this community, which is now a permanent fixture in my thoughts, words, and actions. Surge isn’t meetings, speakers, and homework. Surge is community, authenticity, and SOUL work.”