This week I witnessed a solemn celebration of the contributions of one of my school district's true servants. I was proud to know and work with Officer Myron Sander. I often spent time visiting with him and did so in the parking lot as I was leaving just a few days before his passing. It…Read more Officer Sander did it for them, so I can too
I was a junior in high school when an influential figure in my life shared a poem with me. It was listed as the work of a prolific writer, "Anonymous," and the world wide web still can't agree on who wrote it. It is listed in the public domain but sometimes attributed to Edgar Albert…Read more Don’t quit on Them — Do it for Them
It's not necessarily a good idea to compliment Kevin Durant in my state. The 2013-2014 most valuable player in the NBA left the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for the Golden State Warriors. Lots of fans here took that news hard, but here's one thing KD nailed better than a buzzer beater. In his acceptance…Read more Do it for the real MVP
I sent this to an incredible group of staff members this week. They inspire me. They encourage me. They bring it every day. It's so hard to put into words the power of their contributions, but this is what I shared.... They’re just two words. How could that be sufficient? They can seem trite…Read more Reflection on Teacher Appreciation
I can't lie. There are days I absolutely hate my job. Before armchair quarterbacks, soothsayers and prognosticators try to psychoanalyze me, I'll tell you. It's not because of a person. It's not because of an incident. It's because the emperor wears no clothes. I don't know why this memory has stuck with me, but in…Read more The Emperor is Buck Naked
I'm so blessed to be called into the arena of education. These are some of the blessings I see for those who are also on the team. Blessed are those who teach because they are the guardians of the past, the keepers of the present and the inventors of the future. Blessed are the…Read more Beatitudes for educators
I was eating a lukewarm dinner tonight. It was a great dinner. I was just 45 minutes late and my wife and daughter had eaten. They know they won't be able to figure out when I may get home as I try to wrap things up at school to make sure I'm prepped for the…Read more Call me a liar?