Eight Inspiring Books from 2018

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April 7, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 has literally rocked our world. As this virus has rapidly spread, schools across the country have closed, businesses have been shut down, and people are working remotely in their homes. Everyone is challenged in a way that we did not expect a few...

December 24, 2018

When you hear the term leader, does the default setting in your mind go to same place that mine does? Many larger-than-life figures in history, such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, or more recently, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs are often at th...

August 19, 2018

Educators across the country have arrived to school for another year or will report to duty in the next week. I am entering my sixteenth year in education and could not be more excited. There is nothing like the beginning of the school year. Students arrive with new cl...

April 28, 2018

 I have written in the past about my mother and her horrific battle with metastatic breast cancer. My mother passed away on September 1 and there have been a number of situations since then that have brought up memories coupled with a series of emotions. I am cert...

March 16, 2018

This post discusses an educator who has made a difference in the lives of so many through empathy, compassion, heart, intensity, and class.

February 24, 2018

It was more than 33 years ago, but I remember my first day of preschool like it was yesterday. This was not a great experience for a number of reasons which is why I have such a strong memory of it.

I attended a neighborhood preschool about three blocks from my home. I...

January 22, 2018

Many years ago I was coaching baseball for Western Dubuque High School during the summer. We had a great deal of talent, but were severely under performing as a team. We lacked team chemistry, made a number of mistakes, and at the time of this story had 9 wins and 17 l...

January 2, 2018

People all over the world will identify resolutions, goals, or establish their #oneword for the year in the coming hours or may have completed this work, as 2018 is upon us. I have never been too big into resolutions; I am more interested in behaviors and act...

November 25, 2017

In the summer of 2013, I wrapped up my first year as an elementary principal and attended a national conference for the first time. At the National Association of Elementary Principal's Conference in Baltimore, I was blown away by the number of people, quality of prese...

August 13, 2017

Schools are back in session or are going to be in the next couple of weeks across the country. I will begin my sixth year as a building principal after spending two years as an assistant and seven in the classroom teaching third and fifth grades. The journey has been f...

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