Ash Wednesday School Shooting

Repentance: A radical change in mindset and heart, a promise to do better, surrender, a confession filled with remorse In every school or education organization there must be people you can trust. In spite of bureaucracy, complacency, high-stakes political frenzy, we must guarantee a safe space, a place where anyone can find the rhythm and […]

Your Excuses Are Invalid

no excuses

This Might Get Ugly… I’m going to start by fully understanding thevulgar gestures you may want to make towards your computer screen or the nasty emails you mightwrite to meafter reading this, but I think it needs to be said. But I believe that, by the end of this, you will at least partially agree. […]

You Get What You Expect

You get what you expect in this world. That is a mantra that I live by, both with raising my children and overseeing students in my school. Having high expectations is paramount to student achievement, good behavior, teacher professionalism, and parent engagement. When I was the principal of a rural high school high in the […]

Wallpaper at Home and at School


During the 22-inch dropping blizzard of 2016, I was cooking, cleaning, tending to my babies, and even spruce up my ‘man cave’ in the garage. In the midst of cleaning, I found wallpaper. I could not help but to think of all of the horror stories my mother use to share with me about the […]

Dreading Going Back To Work? I Feel Bad For Your Students.


Many of us head back to work tomorrow after a well-deserved break. All of us need time to relax in whatever way relaxing suits one best. Based on catching up with so many over break, the adult coloring books were apparently quite the hit and a major source of relaxation. I was speaking to a […]