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Moved to the Big Leagues, a brand new school, truly a land of enchantment. Transition complete. We made it! What a journey. Here's my story for today, a special day. Posting on 9/11 provides a tremendous reponsibility to focus on hope, life and family. History cannot be changed, but life matters and schools are families, first.

Memories and remembrances. What and who we are, as a nation. Moving forward, defying the greatest obstacles.

Yesterday we took the last summer field trip To Enchanted Forest, a storybook land hidden amidst beautiful canopies of Oregon trees. Favorite fairy tales came to life around every bend. It was fitting to celebrate the end of week school success as a family. Families always come first in iife.

I've written a number of posts recently and totally lost the last published blog entirely, which is probably a good thing. I managed to call forth and share my tale of being 'trapped' in my kids' home due to nature's naughtiness, and finding an inherent lesson. I hoped there would be a lesson in humanity and humiity, and I believe there was. All, in all. And a lot about Family. So here I go, starting over, but the updates are sweeter than sweet.

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Posted by on in Social Emotional Learning


Life is filled with transitions, that's for sure. A couple pretty big ones are going on in our house at the moment, probably like yours. Moving to the Big Leagues! At least in spirit and love.  

Tonight I write from my heart, sharing a sweet story of family and personal growth, our will tested, our breath literally wracked by natural elements.

In a summer filled with both grace and turbulence, I find the end with hot blasts coming from all sides, tempered by my close knit family.

Wildfires, areas hit by various kinds of devastation in contrast to the most beautiful news of people helping other people, sharing love and hopefully starting to respect each other a little more.

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Posted by on in Leadership

Tonight I write from head and heart about your first day of school, a lot about family, patriotism, ethics and values.

Watching the Olympics is extraordinary, I'm sure you'll agree. How amazing to see the best in the world compete, note how they get along, or don't and when it gets really great, mess it up with terrible behavior, by any standards.

I started following the Lochte scandal on Twitter. The more I got into it, the worse I felt.

All leaders know the importance of following rules, meeting standards not only of grades and goals, but exhibiting the highest behavior of ethical morals and values. I think true Champions, sports athletes and learning athletes follow a code which goes something like:

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Posted by on in Education Leadership

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Learning Champions, Ready, Set, Let's Go!

Oh, how I love the Olympics! This one came just the right time, right before back to school. Perfect! 

I believe in miracles and that miracle is you! Tonight, in the Olympics spirit of sharing athletes' back stories, it's time I tell you about one very special school, that first turned around, then transformed. But first, I have news.

I'ts official. My volunteering turned into being part of the preschool staff, half-time starting in Sept., to help needy kids learn to read. So here we go again. I have never retired. Crazy, really. 

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Posted by on in Education Policy

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I love teaching every grade level! Each is unique and has its own challenges. At the moment I am focusing my attention to preschool. The kids are simply a riot and if you need a jolt of joy, join the fun.

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