Enjoying the Ride: Understanding the Ups and Downs of Leading a School.

A seesaw (also known as a teeter-totter or teeterboard) is a long, narrow board supported by a single pivot point, most commonly located at the midpoint between both "ends"; as one end goes up, the other goes down. Growing up I loved the seesaw.  The ‘highs’ were just enough for a girl who dislikes heights... Continue Reading →


This year I have had the amazing opportunity to participate in a few Voxer groups that have given me the nudge to pursue coding at my school.  With great mentorship from Adam Welcome and Dr. Brad Gustafson I was able to really wrap my head around-do kindergartners really have the ability to code?  With some... Continue Reading →

Building Parent Relationships in 174 Days or Less #SAVMP #MNP3Principals

Leading a Kindergarten Center has many, many rewards and a few challenges along the way.  One of which is building relationships quick with families as they enter and exit your building in one school year.  Working with five and six year olds really takes a full community to ensure we are making gains and success... Continue Reading →

Keeping Kindergarten in Mind. #SAVMP

If I don't know what to stand for-How do I know when to move aside and let something pass me by? As a Principal we see so many things fly before us.  A new curriculum, a new app, an email about a new workbook or targeted service program that will be the change maker.  Being... Continue Reading →

Why we really should show the ‘personal’ side of being a Principal with our students.

So working with over 370 kindergarten students you really get an honest opinion from them on just about everything.  This year we started asking them specifically questions about being a Principal (Kid Principal) and it really started to make me think about what I am saying and showing these students about being an adult.  Do... Continue Reading →

Friday Critter Moment: Hot Buttons

We all have them (we just might not admit it all the time).  Things that our friends, our own kids, our spouse do that feel like nails on the chalkboard.  We also have hot buttons at school-and our students may/or may not know what these buttons are but we sure do!  Before you keep reading-know... Continue Reading →

Mobile Office: Getting Out of the Office and Into Classrooms

To start off 2016 my Voxer group had a challenge-to start getting into classrooms more while still having 'balance' between school and home.  I love being in classrooms, however I also love having time away from work at night so I can focus on being a better mom and wife this year.  So that is... Continue Reading →

Thursday-Critter Moment: Giving Clear and Concise Directions

So far this week we have focused a lot on Using Positive Feedback and Encouragement through the following: Contingent on appropriate behavior Descriptive Conveyed with enthusiasm To add onto this strategy today include a focus on giving directions.  Did you know that in early childhood, research shows that children have high rates of not following... Continue Reading →

Wednesday-Critter Moment: Addressing Challenging Behavior

  What Does Behavior Communicate-Really? Think of a student you have who seems to engage in the same challenging behavior over and over.  Young children’s behavior is a fast and powerful communication tool used to tell you what s/he needs or wants. Children continue to use a behavior because it works!  Children will use challenging... Continue Reading →

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