I have been immersed in the work of K-12 education and teaching since 1992. I earned my BA from the University of Puget Sound and my MA from Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University). I started out as an elementary classroom teacher for 5th and then 6th grade for a decade, and I loved every minute of my time with the students. They pushed my thinking and taught me as much as I taught them. My philosophy of education has always been that all students can learn at high levels. It’s the journey and the student that is unique and changeable, not what is taught. Students – in all forms and ages – live up to the vision set before them. With the support they need to achieve, people amaze themselves at what they can accomplish. As I thought about how I wanted to keep growing, I saw how I could have an even greater impact and went back to school myself to earn my doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University in 2009. I transitioned into the role of Instructional Coach for six years, where I coached at both the middle school and elementary levels in two districts with very different populations. Three years ago, I answered the call to extend my knowledge and practice with leading staff and students when I became an Assistant Principal.
About the Blog
This blog has evolved over the years and its most recent refocusing came about as a result of my father’s passing last year. This blog went on hiatus as I journeyed along one of those common roads in life. When my journey ended, I had a different view on the world then when I began. In thinking about where to take this blog, my sons encouraged me to be myself and share the stories that they had come to look forward to over the last twenty years – the tales from the hallway. Those nightly stories always started with, “Let me tell you what happened today!” and they took us down a variety of paths. Some were funny, some were thought-provoking, and all were a microcosm of what was going on in a bigger, more complicated way out in the world.
Over the years, I’ve come to see that some of the greatest truths and most inspiring calls to action came from those encounters in the hallways. As the years have gone on, that truth has not diminished.
Now that my sons are grown and doing their own amazing things, I share these tales with you, my friends, as a window into the world of an elementary school through the eyes of a lifelong educator who is schooled everyday by the staff and students . . . in the hallways.