It might be saying no to a program or special event that has always been done-but needs to be done. It might be listening to a parent or guardian express frustration because you are unable to share details of a recent event that involved their child-but other children as well. It could even be a … Continue reading Leading with Grace Through Difficult Circumstances.
New’s Year Day is one of my favorite of the year. My family lays low, watches football and spends the first day of the year looking forward to what is to come. Today I spent time reviewing my previous #OneWords and what I learned: in 2016 I worked to become BETTER in aspects of life. in 2017 … Continue reading #OneWord 2019: Elevate
People-it is November, the pace of the race of the year is picking up. While seasons are changing and special events are ramping up-this is the time when our self-care can fall completely off our radar. While giving a keynote with the COSA PreK-3 Early Learning Conference we as educators took the time to really … Continue reading Dream Big-Live Colorfully-Lead Boldly
Wow, September is almost over? In my 10 years as a school leader-this year, this month by far has gone the fastest. A new position, new grade levels, new challenges and new opportunities have allowed me to really reflect on how I can use my PLN in a new way to help me sustain the … Continue reading Taking Steps to Become a Connected School Leader. #MESPAMN
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 Reflections from 13 days of Teaching Kindergarten. #HackingEarlyLearning
Happy (Early) New Year! As you are wrapping up the last few days of 2017, taking in those last hugs, smiles, high fives and waves for a few days we (Lindsy, Eric, Jessica, Andy, Todd and Nick) wanted to challenge ourselves-and our PLN-to think about how to ring in 2018 when everyone returns. This post … Continue reading 20 ‘18’ ways to start the New Year.
Two weeks ago I ran the California International Marathon with my very dear friend Adam Welcome. Marathon weekend was an incredible experience that created memories I will never forget. Since I have come back home I have been asked what my favorite part of the race was…my answer the training. While the actual race took under … Continue reading Finding joy in the journey, not just the final outcome.
An honor to speak with Dr. Bill Ziegler at the National Principal Conference during the summer of 2017. Continue reading Lead the Way with Dr. Bill Ziegler
Having your first (or second, or third) child enter the K-12 system can be a milestone in so many ways for families…and for teachers and leaders. Setting the tone with when and how you communicate goes a long way in establishing trust and building relationships with the stakeholders you will be serving in this important … Continue reading Rule #4 Over Communicate.
“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel” Smile. The first impression a scared 5 year old is going to have of the leader of their school. A smile goes an incredibly long way for both the child and parent. This … Continue reading Rule #3 Set the tone: visually.