Clearing the Path

Thoughts of an Instructional Leader

A New Path

I am excited about my new position as principal of Tinker K-8 located on MacDill air force base.  This position will give me experience with middle school while also serving the unique needs of our military families.  I feel honored… Continue Reading →

A Day in Principal’s Life

Someone suggested documenting my day.  This is what my day looked like yesterday.  It is representative of most days. April 27, 2017 4:34                        Wake up to start the day 5:25                        Wake my oldest up 6:05                        Drop Jadon off at the… Continue Reading →

4 Months

It’s been four months since I posted my last entry.  A part of me wants to give up on the blogging, but I’m not a quitter so here I am again trying to get thoughts down on hopes of possibly inspiring… Continue Reading →

A Time for Thanksgiving

I was lucky enough to sit around the lunch table today with our awesome EBD staff and students.  The food was delicious, but my favorite part was hearing what each person was thankful for.  It truly felt like family time… Continue Reading →

A Guest Post

Thank you to one of my teachers for allowing me to post this.  I originally saw it on our school internal email account. It moved me, and I sought permission to re-post it here.   “Hi, everyone! I just felt compelled… Continue Reading →


I had the opportunity to hear Tammy Pawloski, Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Poverty, speak at our annual Title One meeting.  Her talk came at the perfect time for me. While I was in Washington DC for a… Continue Reading →

What Do I Value?

I do not get to spend as much time as I would like with individuals.  I currently have 105 staff members.  If I were to spend an equal amount of time with each of them during the week it would… Continue Reading →

Where Does the Time Go?

It’s hard to believe we just started the final quarter of the year.  Thoughts are turning to end of the year checklists, summer school, and teacher placements for next year. I am really proud of the staff we have here… Continue Reading →

Buffalo Chips

Today’s moment happened during a 5th grade language arts lesson. I’m trying to spend more time in this particular class because their teacher decided not to return after the winter break. A sub is covering the class and content is… Continue Reading →

Shaw Showcase

I was inspired by a recent post by @jonharper70bd titled “Ten Lovely Minutes.” The post reminded me how important it is to really focus on the small, positive moments we have every day.  Too often it is easy to… Continue Reading →

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