What MLK Day Means to Sycamore Avenue Elementary School

Have you ever had a moment in your personal or professional life when your life’s work crystalizes into a defining moment?  I hope so, because the feeling is awesome.  This happened at Sycamore on January 17, 2014.  On that day, we held our third annual Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly.  The idea originated at a meeting of the Character…

Enjoying Downtime Pays Off

It has been quite a while since my last post.  It’s been for a simple reason; a reason with which I am sure so many of you are familiar.  I just didn’t have the time.  The weeks leading to the holiday break were intensely busy at school and at home.  My work as principal must…

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

As one the purposes of this blog is for me to reflect upon and communicate about what inspires me, I cannot let Thanksgiving go by without expressing my gratitude for the multitude of facets in my personal and professional life.  So here it goes.  The links within this post will take you to previous posts…

Can we please get someone to listen to us?

The tagline for my blog is my guiding principle as I share my thoughts with you.  I am trying to focus my words on why I wanted to teach so many years ago.  My commitment to the readers of this blog was to keep my message positive, upbeat, and insightful.  I will try to make…

These kids can really listen!!

I remember when I went to kindergarten so many years ago, we had nap time.  We also only went to school for a few hours in the morning.  I remember learning my numbers, letters, and colors.  Now, our youngest students are with us for the full six and a half hour day, and there is…

These Kids Love Us

This is my 22nd year as a public educator, but today I experienced one of the sweetest moments I could remember.  I was sitting in my office trying to catch up on paper work.  I was lost in front of my computer screen when one of our kindergarten teacher assistants walked in.  With her, was…