• You’re Doing The Best You Can…And That’s Enough

    My first year teaching middle school was …well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. I had spent my teacher prep program determined I was going to be a high school English teacher. Students would love discussing literature as much as I did, and would turn in glorious essays filled with…

  • Boxes Aren’t For Thinking

    How do you innovate from inside the box? “Think outside the box” is probably one of the most overused statements. No matter what the situation, or problem, inevitably someone will say, “We need to think outside the box.” The problem with thinking outside the box is that leadership often wants…

  • Who’s Playing?

    A big reason why good athletes do well is because they don’t care what the sports blogs say, or what you said about them on Twitter. They’re playing, you’re in the “seats” – And they understand that. That’s the same mindset I have about other people’s opinions: I’m playing. What,…

  • From No to What If

    Being part of the Top Tech Exec winner’s circle has introduced me to so many innovative executives. I’m always inspired after our times together. Last night, a group of us were invited to watch the Padres battle the Dodgers from within the Cox suite. Fun time, good food, great convos.…

  • Excel at Everything! Do it RIGHT NOW!

    Last week, I asked a teacher I admire if she wanted to share some of her passions with my blog readers. Her answer made me sad. She said she didn’t feel like she had done anything worth sharing this year – new grade level, new school, etc. had all left…

  • Students Are Changing the World NOW

    Last night, my district received the Innovate Award for its District Design 2022 initiative. This initiative is focused on providing an extraordinary school experience for all students. Using the Design Thinking mindset, curiosity is promoted as students seek out real world problems and formulate innovative solutions. Students connect with contemporary…