“Potential just means you ain’t done it yet” – Barrell Royal

“First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do” Epictetus


We had a talk with Debbie Psychoyos, who is an educator for more than 30 years and is the creator and CEO of the ProEd Foundation, which is a non-profit organization for the purpose of supporting and advancing public and private education in Panama.

First of all she presented herself with a $2.00 introduction, (which means is a brief and intensive way of presenting ourselves), what it call my attention was when she said she is a committed life-long learner, because even tough she already has a career and develop herself in the education world, she has the humility of saying that she can learn more and more everyday, and actually we all do, no one knows everything in life, and it’s a really important thing to remember.

After she presented herself, we had to do the same presentation, it was a good activity because sometimes most of us girls don’t have a clear vision of how are we, and how can we explain in a short paragraph. For me it made me realize what I’m really committed in life, I believe I’m committed to develop my self, to grow and blossom as we have talked about the women empowerment.

I liked this conference because it focuses in something really important and which I believe is the basic or like a first step to make the world a better place, first of all, we need to be educated, but this is not going to get accomplished just by the act of going to a classroom with chairs and tables, it’s extremely necessary to have good teachers that love what they are doing, have a passion for teaching so the kids can learn better accordingly to their capabilities.

She explained us a little of how she started her NGO and the challenges of making it work, because sometimes people will not believe in your cause, and will not support you, but that does not mean you have to quit your dream. It is a hard work, it involves passion, leadership, believeing in yourself (which I think it’s the first step you have to do for making things happen), knocking on a lot of doors until you find people that trust and believe in your cause.


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Written by: Carmen Natividad