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May 11, 2017

When Life Gets Tough, Wear a Tutu

When life gets tough, wear a tutu or whatever your tutu, box or dance is and don't care who's watching when you wear it, jump out it, or dance it. Life's too short to take it all seriously, I hope this makes you smile.

May 04, 2017

Reflecting Back on My Early Journey During Teaching Appreciation Week

During this Teacher Appreciation Week (and really every day), we must take the opportunity to say thank you to the folks who have impacted us as teachers and people and continue to inspire us even through the toughest teaching and personal times.

April 13, 2017

The Fine Art of Powering Down and Staying Present

In this ever-connected world we live in, each of us has to make a concerted effort to balance how we spend our time to not miss out on valuable life experiences that happen in real time, face to face.

March 30, 2017

Model What It Means to Be a Digital Citizen

It's okay to disagree with what you read online but we still need to respect the opinions and beliefs of those around us. Trolls exist and there will always be people who want to make others feel badly about whatever matters to them, but we must rise above that behavior and demonstrate the expectations we have for our kids.

February 23, 2017

Teachers, This Is Your Permission Slip to Relax

Running around all the time has its purpose, but sometimes a real vacation from it all is necessary to just catch up on sleep. So give yourself permission to take a break and if you can't give it to yourself, take a permission slip from me.

February 14, 2017

The Difficulty of the Personal and Professional Balancing Act

Overwhelmed with always feeling like I'm making the wrong choice, I realize that the sacrifices I've made to get where I am now cannot be taken back, I can only look forward and sometimes temporary decisions must be made to mitigate further damage.

February 02, 2017

Educators: Make Every Day a Fresh Start

What I appreciate most the ability to step back after a bad day and really put things in perspective. If a student and I had a difference of opinions and I didn't show the best side of myself, I can come back to class tomorrow, with a smile on my face and treat the day as new.

January 17, 2017

Why Do I Teach?

Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that there is no other profession that I can really see myself in. I've tried a few others out, so it's not a default and I'm certainly not doing it to have the summers off (as I'm not usually off during that time.) Teaching is both noble and challenging. It takes a long time to truly nurture and grow.

January 12, 2017

Stranger in a Not So Strange Land

And I'm certain that as more time goes on, my skill set will be used more efficiently and I will be able to help more kids through more teachers. How has listening helped you become a better member of your school community? Please share

January 05, 2017

Balancing Parenting and Educator Responsibilities

My son is my absolute favorite person in the world and he deserves my love and attention more than anyone else, but I also love my career. How can I possibly be a great and present mom when my son needs me AND also be available to my school and the larger educational community when they need me? What I struggle most with is knowing when to switch hats. When is it okay to put me first? When is it necessary to put my son first and how can I provide for both teachers and students when they need help too?

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