It’s almost a new year! During my tenure as a Principal Coach, I looked forward to coming back to work after the winter break, knowing that January was a bus... Read More
For 20 years, Great Oaks Elementary has been the WOW place to learn and teach.
How was the vision established? Intentionally, and with intensity.
I was the Assistant Principal at Great Oaks... Read More
Happy 100th birthday, Mathews Elementary!
Last week, under a big green awning, and beaming proudly despite a passing rain storm, Mathews students and staff celebrated their school's 100th birthday. Their fo... Read More
It's not the new building. It's not the slick hardware.It's not the powerful software.It's not the inspirational speeches.It's not the important new initiative.It's not the innovative p... Read More
This morning I was touched by a story. Not by one I read but by one I had lived and written.
It was the story of an incident I experienced p... Read More
I’m not a schmoozer. It’s not in my nature to chit chat idly or drum up conversation where there is none. I have to work intentionally to connect with... Read More
It's an all-too-familiar scene.
Picture it with me.
You're in the grocery store, or coming out of the doctor’s office, or having dinner at a restaurant with the family, or... Read More
My husband and I took the kids to our community’s First Friday Arts Trail recently, a fun event held at multiple venues around Lubbock to see the work of loc... Read More
Principal Coach. I've worn quite a few hats in school leadership over the years, but this one, the Principal Coach hat, is my favorite. For about nine years, I had the... Read More
Leading Change. This was the topic of one of our recent principal program seminars. One intern put it so poignantly when he openly reflected:
“You really are in the midst of goin... Read More
Early on in my principalship, I was struggling to get a handle on everything and I was talking with one of my mentors. I was explaining how massive the job... Read More
We all know people who major in the minors. They critique, dissect, cajole, nitpick anything and everything. We also know those people as persistent pains and energy drains. It's even wo... Read More
I read a blog post by Keith Webb that resonated with me. The post centered on not being attached to the advice you give.
Think about all of the times whe... Read More
"On a scale of 1-10, what's your homework load tonight?", I asked Aubrey, my high school freshman. "It's a five", he said. "And here's why", he continued.
Powerful questioning can make... Read More
I admit it. As a campus leader, especially in the beginning, I thought I needed to be the Chief Problem Solver and Mediator. When our staff was considering the implementation of a... Read More
I am big on building a positive, trusting, and loving culture in my school. It hurts me when I hear of principals who are micro-managers, dictators, and/or are just focu... Read More
I've read this article a few times since I first saw it a couple of years ago. I like to come back to it because humility in leadership is such a... Read More
Back in September, I wrote about the importance of school leaders reflecting upon their own core values and beliefs, as an important first step in leading a school. Why? Because w... Read More
There seems to be an unspoken rule in leadership. Somehow the leader is the one who does all the talking. Yet, as leaders, how do we foster the growth and... Read More
Through my years of being a principal, I have learned that no one person can be a master of this job. It is just too big! Therefore, I have found that... Read More