Participating Trophies stifle EFFORT!

It might have been many years ago, but I grew up during a time where trophies were given to a select amount of individuals. Individuals who exceeded in talent, knowledge, and ability above everyone else.  First place trophies were given to the person who came in first and everyone else learned to accept and recognizeContinue reading “Participating Trophies stifle EFFORT!”

The Principal’s Principles

It seems like just yesterday I was preparing for my first day as the newly appointed middle school principal. I had spent the last couple of weeks making sure all the students’ schedules were accurate, all textbooks were delivered to the classrooms, homeroom assignment were perfectly posted on the front door of the school andContinue reading “The Principal’s Principles”

Bullies and Social Media Predators have Access to our Kids!

The biggest obstacle parents face raising kids in this generation is the lack of knowledge around their “social culture.”  The whole “been there, done that” attitude parents have when raising their kids does not necessarily apply today. We are living in warp speed when it comes to innovation and there is no way possible parentsContinue reading “Bullies and Social Media Predators have Access to our Kids!”

He Left Me On Open! Oh, Snap!

Just when I think I caught up and learned the ins and outs of middle school students, I run head on into a brick wall. Let me explain my predicament. I see this teary-eyed young lady quietly walking down the hall to homeroom. So, I decide to intervene, just like any other compassionate adult wouldContinue reading “He Left Me On Open! Oh, Snap!”

My Anxiety made me a Better Parent and Educator

Sometimes admitting that you have a weakness and accepting that you are not always perfect feels like you succumbed to failure, but verbalizing your feelings and sharing your story can turn that failure into a success.   One Monday morning while I was greeting students at the front door of the school,  I noticed a youngContinue reading “My Anxiety made me a Better Parent and Educator”

Party like it is 1999….or 2019?

Sometimes I just don’t understand my teenage daughter?  Talking to her makes me sometimes question if I was ever a teenager, if I was ever popular, if I was a fashionista, and did I even have  friends? The type of music she listens to, the time she spends straightening her hair, why she would wantContinue reading “Party like it is 1999….or 2019?”

Knock it off….Combating Bullying begins in the Home!

When I think back to my “glory days” sitting in a classroom, I don’t recall bullying being such an issue. I am sure it went on and children were affected by it every day, but I think it was more of a private matter. No one told on a bully or admitted they were beingContinue reading “Knock it off….Combating Bullying begins in the Home!”

My First Blog Post

When we think of education, our minds are geared to think of seated in rows of desks, listening attentively to teachers lecturing or modeling a new skill or idea. We assume that attentive students are taking in all the new information and processing it to be stored in their long-term memory. In a perfect world,Continue reading “My First Blog Post”

A Building with four walls and the future inside….

Hi…..Jessie here!  Welcome to my blog that encompasses stories of my life as a mom, teacher and principal – all of which involves interactions with children. Of those three titles, Mom is my favorite because I feel my greatest accomplishments are my three children. Greatest accomplishments because for 18 years, I have been walking onContinue reading “A Building with four walls and the future inside….”

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