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The Hallway

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Have you ever woken up and wondered if you had what it took to make a difference at work that day?

You were tired and stressed and you weren’t quite sure where you were going to begin when you got to work because you had so many places you could start.

But then you get to work and you realize that there are people there that need your help and so you do everything you can to see that their needs are met.

Then you get the message that a kid in the 3rd grade needs to see you and wonder, what now!?

Did somebody hit him or has someone done something to him that hurt his feelings? Because he is a very nice kid. And if somebody did, you are going to see that it doesn’t happen again.

So you call the kid down to the office, but decide to meet him halfway down the hallway because you just want to get this over with so you can be the hero and fix the kid’s problem.

But as you approach the kid you realize he has something in his hand. And he's smiling.

Why is he smiling if he is getting ready to share bad news with you?

And then as you get closer you realize he has a brown bag in his hand and it hits you that the day before you had seen him leaving school with a Starbucks cup in his hand and you had teased him about liking Starbucks and you had told his mother about how it is one of your favorite places on Earth.

He then proceeds to hand you a bag that says


To: Mr. Harper


From: Timmy


You look inside only to see a plastic Starbucks coffee cup like the one he had had the day before and there is a little individual pack of coffee inside.

You thank him, give him a hug, go back to your office and realize that you've got to stop assuming the worst and start allowing Life the opportuninity to surprise you once in a while.

Too often we dwell on the negative when awesome is waiting just around the corner.

We must learn to wait.

Allow it to reach us.

Because it will.

And while we're waiting, we can be that awesome for someone else.

It's at least worth a shot.


Anyone can slay a dragon...but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero.


Brian Andreas


I make mistakes every day, but I am learning from them. If you have just a few minutes I'd be honored if you'd check out My Bad. My new radio show about how and what extraordinary educators learn by sharing their mistakes.  It has been an honor to learn from and speak with amazing educators. I hope you gain as much from their honest reflections as I have. Click on the link below to see what I am talking about. In my most recent interview I discuss the incident I wrote about above.

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Jon is currently the assistant principal in Dorchester County, Maryland. This is his seventh year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman's Club that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.  

Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.

Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.

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