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No Label Teaching

I was reading a devotional a few weeks ago, and I came across a reading that really resonated with me. It made me think about what is often done to students in schools. In our profession, students are often sorted and labeled based on their achievements, appearance, activities, or abilities. The phrases “those kids” or…

Will the Real Disruptive Educators Please Stand Up?

Originally posted on LeadUpNow As educators when we hear the word disruptive, our minds usually reflect on students in the past who have misbehaved in school. The word disruptive often has a negative connotation associated with its use. It is synonymous with words like troublemaking, disturbing, distracting, and unruly.  However, the beauty of the English…

Real Leaders Practice Vulnerability

I have had the privilege and honor of serving as the principal of Cimarron Elementary for five years. What is remarkable about my journey is that my path was not a traditional path to the elementary principal seat. In fact, prior to becoming an elementary principal, the last time I was in an elementary school was as a…

Hard Wired & Wireless Connections

As I read my Twitter feeds daily, I come across several messages about being a connected educator. Most people immediately think about social media and its power of connecting others. While social media tools are powerful, and I certainly have benefited greatly in expanding my personal and professional connections because of the use of social…

Bring Your Best And Nothing Less

A few weeks before spring break I was approached by a 2nd grader in the hallway. He asked me the following question, “How is the principal job going?” After I chuckled, I replied, “It is fantastic! There is no other job that I would rather have more than being a principal!” He went on to…