Choose Your Energy

If you have lived any length of time, you have had something happen to you that you did not cause, did not want, or did not anticipate. If you have lived any length of time you have enjoyed many successes, happiness, and joy due to your actions and efforts or as a result of those […]

Pandemic Principal Pages Vol. 1 Issue 2

I composed this tweet today about reopening schools and thought that I should capture it here! Y’all. Planning for #reopeningschools-getting parents to respond to preference survey, safety protocols, class groupings, furniture, procedures, schedules, managing teacher & parent Qs & anxiety, communication abt every move being made, is hard. Why didn’t y’all tell me?? All this […]

Grace for Change

It started with a slow climb that was scenic and made me feel secure, like things were moving in the right direction –upwards. When it got to that summit and hovered there for a few moments, that’s when I felt it teeter as it prepared for its steep swoop downward and into that sideways twist. […]

The 4 Rs of Resilience

It seems to me that the global pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice have launched us into a heightened awareness of a self-care. Particularly in the world of education, there has been much talk about the importance of taking care of our inner and outer selves because, if we allow the weight of these societal […]

The Great Wait

In 1996, I started my career in education as a graduate student with the express dream of becoming a principal someday. 24 years later I am starting my journey as an elementary school principal. Not only am I incredibly excited, I am grateful. I am grateful for *every breath *every experience that tried to take […]

The Resilient Educator

Strong, a force of nature, intense, aggressive, angry, giving, caring, empathetic, fierce, powerhouse, boss, game changer, shifter, gracious, warm, nice, welcoming, passionate, helpful, direct, intentional, approachable, unapproachable, fair, consistent, a presence, resourceful, resilient. To have been called all of those things at one time or another must mean that I am resilient. Maybe I have […]

Here I go…

Being an educator is a significant part of my identity that I cannot hide, dismiss or downplay, not matter how hard I have tried when I am not in a school. I’ve been told that I need to take off my educator hat when I’m not at work. I have tried and I’m a little […]