Blog : Developing Self & Others

December 15, 2016

Turn a Challenge into a Goal: A Coaching Tool for the New Year

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

September 2, 2016


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

August 18, 2016

Remember the Small Moments

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

July 1, 2016

How to Listen Your Way to Better Leadership

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

June 1, 2016

Finding Joy in the Work

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

May 20, 2016

My Favorite Hat

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

April 12, 2016


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

March 22, 2016

It's About the Teacher-and the Question

"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

March 9, 2016

The School Leader as Chief Problem Solver...or Not?

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

February 15, 2016

Lessons from Ike

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