On further reflection…

This week I completed my twenty-first first week with students. I’ve spent almost half my life as an educator. What an incredible week! As usual, it was tiring and draining, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I had a couple of ups and downs this week, but overall, it was a great […]

One Word 2022-2023, Part 2

The time has come to reveal my #OneWord2022-2023. I have to admit that it’s not a typical word one might expect. Several years ago, I chose bold. That led to a double word choice the following year: yet and empower. Last year, as I mentioned previously, I chose nurture as my word. So, for this […]

One Word 2022-2023

Calling all educators! We often talk about #OneWords at the beginning of the calendar year. Last fall, I chose to alter the tradition a little and instead of choosing a word in December, I chose one for my upcoming school year. The word I chose was “nurture.” I gave myself the advice of slowing down […]

Blog #68

When I started this blog, I wanted it to be an archive of my thoughts, ideas, and experiences. I’m writing this entry in letter form because today, more than ever, I want to relay this message to myself. Again, this message is for me, and even though I publish it, it is important for my […]

Heartache and Triumph

As an administrator, there aren’t many moments that stop me dead in my tracks. I’ve seen my share of crazy things. I often comment to my colleagues and friends that some of the stuff that comes across my desk would be impossible to invent. The things you see as an educator and as an administrator […]

See you soon, Old Friend…

It’s been a busy few weeks for me, but I’m glad I’m back to writing. February has not been the easiest month. In Texas, it’s the month we start testing our ELs in the federally mandated language proficiency assessment. It’s a long involved process. There are a lot of moving parts, and it takes a […]

Leading from the Center

I’ve always known my leadership style is a little different. I’ve read tons of books on being a leader, leadership traits, characteristics, decision-making, etc. I devour them like there is no tomorrow. There’ are always elements that speak to me, so I want to be sure to keep them in mind and emulate them as […]

Win the Next Ten Seconds

There is a great scene in the movie “The Mask of Zorro” where Diego de la Vega makes Alejandro Murrieta stand inside circles that expand across the floor on which he stands. De la Vega explains to Murrieta, as he stands in the smallest circle, all that matters to Murrieta is what is inside that […]