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.

Celebrate: Books!

I believe there is always something to celebrate.  Today I join with Ruth Ayers and her commuity of writers who celebrate each weekend to celebrate the arrival of new books at our school.     The first boxes arrived the … Continue reading

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Reset

Caught in the rutted grooves of long traveled highways Your desire to continue Mine for change. Conflict arises Expectations and Traditions block Connection “We’ve always done _________” crowds the season “Remember how you used to _____________” shades appreciation for evolution … Continue reading

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Thankful

Anticipation Anxiety Rubber against roadway for two hundred and eleven miles miles and more miles College kids kick it on a long journey home   Try not to worry, momma Just wait. watch. Wait a little longer now.   Dusk settles … Continue reading

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This is Not a Political Post

I’m voting tonight. Voting early. Only by a week. But early still.  I’m ready. Well, at least I thought I was ready.  I began studying the issues, initiatives – there are 17 on our state’s ballot this year – a … Continue reading

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Learning in Public

I got to have a long-breakfast-lunch-time with a treasured colleague who’s become a heart friend last week. Thanks to a once in a blue moon Wednesday holiday from school, he – from the East Coast – Brooklyn – and me from … Continue reading

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View from the Principal’s Office

  Being a Principal is amazing challenging different than anyone can imagine. As different as being a teacher REALLY is than what everyone thinks it is. Teaching is a profession many think they could do. But it’s kind of like … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a teaching point

I received this text from a colleague this morning: What is the “how” in this teaching point? She queried. I read the part right under “Name your teaching point.” I thought about it. I have not read this entire lesson.  … Continue reading

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