Mistakes Made.

Last night was the tenth year I was able to volunteer at our high school graduation. It was also the last class I had as the middle school assistant principal. As we were downstairs getting students ready to line up and walk out a former student came up to me and apologized. He said he... Continue Reading →

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A Change in Course.

Tomorrow is our last day of school, and my last day of kindergarten. First Day of Kindergarten-September 2012 After six incredible years of listening, learning and leading I am graduating from Woodson Kindergarten Center. Starting July 2nd I will be starting a new role in a familiar school-as the Principal of Ellis Middle School. While... Continue Reading →

Is your school and staff ready for the new class? Getting ready for K Registration. #HackingEarlyLearning

Spring is here-which for a school that serves all kindergarten students-means it is time to meet the students and families of the 2018-19 school year. When you register 300-400 students for kindergarten in just two days you learn what works, what doesn't, and how to continually adjust things to continue to meet everyone's needs. April... Continue Reading →

Reflections from 13 days of Teaching Kindergarten. #HackingEarlyLearning

My professional challenge started on November 14th, 2017 in the Red Bunny room. Armed with extensive lesson plans, and a nervousness I haven't had in years, I walked into a classroom of 25 students ready to teach for an entire day. This challenge was completed on March 22, 2018 in the Blue Chipmunk room. During... Continue Reading →

All In! Finding Ways to Create Partnerships with Families in Your School.

One of the things I am passionate about in schools in making meaningful connections with families. As a former middle school administrator and current early childhood leader I know from practice that parents are a child’s first teacher and a strong bridge between school and home.  In education we have many strategies and tools we... Continue Reading →

Rule #2 Set the stage: practice, practice, practice.

Having your whole school graduate every year is a big task.  When it is a child’s first year of school it is critical we get it right-every time.  Because of this #WoodsonK has routines upon routines for support staff and families with this big day that we practice multiple times.   Step One:  Kindergarten Registration.... Continue Reading →

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