Balance Like a Pirate Summer 2018 Challenge. #BalanceLAP

Balance Like a Pirate Summer 2018 Challenge   Ok, so Jessica Johnson, Sarah Johnson, and I wrote a book that is coming out in a few weeks. And it has an interesting title to hook people. (Argh to our fellow PIRATES). The truth is that for us, it’s really not about just publishing a book... Continue Reading →

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#OneWord 2018 No

It is that time of year, the start of a new calendar year brings an opportunity to reflect, rethink and review what you have done this year and what you want to change next year. In 2016 my #oneword was Better In 2017 my #oneword was Focus ...and in 2018 my #oneword will be No. This year... Continue Reading →

Finding joy in the journey, not just the final outcome.

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 →

Yes Day! #familybooktalk #principalinbalance

So the challenge to create a #FamilyBookTalk first came via Dr. Brad Gustafson Family Book Talk post.  Then during our Thursday night Mastermind my weekly personal challenge was to spend more quality time with Isaiah (thanks Danny for the motivation), because well five years ago this was us: Five years ago we were recently mother and son.....five years later he... Continue Reading →

Before the Bell Rings: 4 Ways to Stay Balanced with School and Home.

August.  The month for educators of excitement, anticipation, and the start of a new (school) year.  Many of us left our classrooms/schools in June with a list of books to read, conferences to go to, and big ideas for the next school year.  If you are like me June-July-August are months that help me ramp... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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