Author Archives: Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

About Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

Principal at the School at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor where AWESOME happens. Working to make the world a little more wonder-full.

One Little Word, (OLW) 2020

Something keeps showing up again and again in my life across the past several months. It’s out of place with my status quo. Why? It takes place outside even in the heat and in the cold. It’s active, but it’s … Continue reading

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What a Tractor Taught Me About Living, Loving & Learning

“That acre needs mowing,” my brother said to no one in particular. He’d been under the weather. I was visiting him at his house in Iowa.  We’re twins but it had been years since we’d spent any real time together. … Continue reading

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

So many exciting things happen on a school campus.  It’s hard to keep everyone “in the loop”. One of the most exciting things happening on our campus this school year so far is the garden which is taking shape.  The … Continue reading

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How Can I Help My Child Improve in Reading?

Photo courtesy of Dads Read, Public Library Services How can I, as a parent, affect my child’s reading life? If you look on the internet you might come away with the idea that you need to heavily scaffold the reading … Continue reading

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Courageous Kids

Image courtesy of melinda365 photography   We welcomed a new student to school today, on the eleventh day of school. A kindergartener, who walked straight down the big front steps, into the two story building toward his classroom.  How he … Continue reading

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Seriously Terrific Energizing Activities that Matter: STEAM Education at one elementary school in Los Angeles

AltaSea is a gem of a place located in the heart of  Los Angeles Harbor.  Here, professionals in the business world mix with educators and service providers and all sorts of folks invested in the marine environment and the “blue … Continue reading

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Howie

He was the kind of guy who leaned down and hugged you a little longer than you were comfortable with. He had big puppy brown eyes with lashes that every girl in high school was jealous of.  He was younger … Continue reading

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