Author Archives: Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

About Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

Principal at the Sweetest Little School by the Sea at the south end of Los Angeles Harbor. Working to make the world a little more awesome.

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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THAT child

I read this blog post a couple of years ago  when it was first written.  I understood it then from a teachers’ point of view. Today it was shared with me again and I realized I have a whole new … Continue reading

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Real vs. Fake News

Tonight I’m joining with Margaret Simon and the #digilit community to consider real vs. fake news and how we can educate our children to decipher the difference.   The task is daunting.  It really is. The Oxford English Dictionary  named … Continue reading

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