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December 05, 2017

Parent Educators, When Is the Right Time to Intervene in a Schooling Dilemma?

Being a parent and a teacher can be an interesting struggle. Sometimes it helps, like when Johnny or Susie comes home with homework that is in your content area and you can feel like a champ. Other times it isn't as simple. What happens if something is going on in your child's school that goes against your philosophical beliefs about how education should happen? When is it time to intervene?

November 16, 2017

Your Middle Career Years Don't Have to Slump

Taking risks has become a hallmark of my career and they aren't all winners. Sometimes they flop and I have to be comfortable with that. I must share those failures as well as the successes or else the context is lost. In education, each up hinges on the down that came before it and the more transparent we are about that with our colleagues and students, the richer the learning environments are.

November 14, 2017

Making the Call: Self-Care vs. Work Commitment

Balance is tremendously hard, even when you realize how important it is. I understand intellectually that I can't do anything else well, if I don't take care of myself, but that doesn't stop me from trying.

September 24, 2017

Musings on Becoming a School Leader

Since I can only learn as fast as I can, the more meaningfully I dive into the work, the better I will be for the folks I'm working with. That's why my #oneword for this school year is going to be discover. I can't wait to uncover all of the learning and nuances I will need to be a great collaborative leader.

September 17, 2017

Modeling Transparency and Vulnerability as a New Leader

As we grow together as a team, I have high hopes that I can ease the woes of anticipation. Although my position title preceeds me as a person, it is my character and willingness to lead from the middle with my team that I hope drives our ability to do what's best for kids.

September 12, 2017

Mom Guilt and Career Ambitions

Balance is extremely hard and when there are amazing things going on in your life, you have to make time to enjoy them, to truly experience them.

August 20, 2017

Thoughts After a Much-Needed Work Break

Spending time in the mountains and taking a road trip across the country was just what I needed to clear my head and prepare for year number 17 in education. What did you do this summer to power down in order to gear back up for a great new school year?

August 08, 2017

Create Mindful Rituals to Alleviate Stress

There are plenty of times throughout the school year when the stress can become unbearable. If we create rituals that help with routines and stress, the better able we will be to cope with the challenges as they arise.

June 29, 2017

An Ode to Empty Spaces

As another school year officially comes to a close, I soak in the stillness of the empty space and all of the learning it holds within its once text-rich walls. Saying goodbye is always bittersweet, but when you know you aren't returning, there is a finality to it that lingers closer to sad.

June 18, 2017

Minding the Middle Years of My Education Career

If you would have asked me at the beginning of my career where I saw myself in the future, I'm not sure I could have imagined being where I am now.

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