personal growth

On Celebrating a Milestone Birthday!

I was born on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 15th. I always figured that, in part gave birth to my strong social conscience. It certainly has been a guiding force in how and why I dedicated my life to teaching and learning with others, all ages, stages, needs and gifts. In particular, teaching scholars-in-waiting […]

How to Get Better: Is “Good Enough” Good Enough?

I recently prepared introductory remarks for our winter concert. I used the same Microsoft Word document named “concert introductions” that I’ve used since I became a principal. There are elements of these introductions that need to be repeated every year: turn off your cell phone, don’t yell out your kids name, stay until the end […]

3 Essentials Of Leadership


Most people in leadership positions I encounter are not leaders. They are managers. This is not to say they are bad at their job. Some are in fact quite good. Problem is that while they help sh*t run well, they don’t grow. They don’t grow themselves and they don’t grow their organization. I’ve experienced this […]

Growing Professionally

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I woke up today to cloudy, rainy weather. While this is not necessarily unusual in the Pacific Northwest, it isn’t the norm during the Summer months. The cool, crisp morning forced me to realize that summer is coming to a close. Luckily, for me, the next school year doesn’t officially start until after Labor Day, […]

Universal Truth: We Create Our Own Reality


This is the third post in the Universal Truth Series. Please check out Universal Truth: Everyone Has At Least One Superpower and Universal Truth: We All Have The Power To Change The World if you enjoy reflections on simple but powerful existential truths. Reality is what we make it… Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, student, […]

Overcoming Digital Overload One Byte at a Time


Do you know what a yottabyte is? No, it’s not a nip on the knee from a beloved Star Wars character. It’s a measurement of digital information. And one I never dreamed would ever be necessary. When we purchased our first home computer in 1987, we upgraded from 10 to 20 megabytes, because we were […]

And That Is Enough


Fists balled. Jaw clenched. Nostrils flared. It was going to take more than the usual calm down speech to bring him back. After a minute or two it hit me. I knew exactly what I had to get. I was fairly certain it was in my office, but I wasn’t quite sure where. Luckily, I […]

Advanced Leadership Lessons


“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.” – Langston Hughes This week I had the good fortune and honor of completing a two year advanced leadership program sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Upon my return […]

This Ain’t No Industrial Age Homie: Teaching In The Information Age, Part 3b: Steve Would Have Wanted It This Way


Being Foolish Is Okay It takes time to learn how to approach people. All people are different in the way they see, experience, and interpret life, and students are people. I’ve failed at understanding and applying this many times before in life and in the classroom. Hell, I’ll probably fail a few (dozen, hundred?) times […]

Opening Doors to Sharing Our Practices


Growing up, I remember some key phrases my mom and dad would tell my brother and me, the most common being, “Amy! Share with your brother!” Today, as a parent, I find myself using that same phrase daily. Whether it be telling my boys to share their toys, share the game, or share a crayon, […]

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