The Power of “Yet”

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending some time with some colleagues to do interviews.  Between the interviews, we conversed about some things, but most of the best times were when we had the chance to really speak to one another about things going on at the schools within the county.  Somehow, we started…

The God in Me

I’ve started doing an Inductive study of Matthew, and I’ve started trying to balance the time I have to study the Bible, spend time with my family, and get my work done.  Previously, I was also trying to grade papers and teach classes at Grand Canyon University, but it became too much to balance.  I…

Dear Mr. Simon…

Dear Mr. Simon, I hope you remember me.  My name is Greg Gardner, and you were one of my PE teachers at Matilda Hartley Elementary School.  I’ve been looking for you and I haven’t really had success finding you on the World Wide Web, but I am hopeful that this letter finds you.  I remember…

When Given Lemons, Make Lemonade

I recently met with a retirement representative about some things I was trying to do, and we ventured off to talking about my life.  He and I always have conversations about church and different interactions we have with others, and honestly, I don’t even know how we started talking about me.  I told him about…

I Had Good Intentions

This post was supposed to be a reflection on my first semester as a principal, but I got distracted because I forgot my password to this blog, as I always do, which revealed two things to me. First, my memory isn’t what it was a few years ago, and secondly, I don’t write enough posts….

That Ain’t Normal…By Any Means.

I’ve been reading this book, “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog,” and although the title seems a bit extreme, it’s a book about how these clinicians have worked with kids who have been impacted by trauma.  As I read it last night, I made a note; the author highlighted how the brain develops…

I Need to See the Principal…RIGHT NOW!

I laughed typing the title of this post, and really I need to call my previous boss to apologize to her.  I can remember popping into her office frequently because I had questions, and she was always welcoming and helpful.  This is the same tone that I have with my faculty and staff, but I…

Keep the Pride Alive…An Open Letter to the Family I’m Leaving

Well, today makes the last day that teachers will be in the school building, the day that starts the summer vacations, trainings, conferences, etc.  It’s an ending, but also a time of new beginnings for many of us.  Yesterday, my boss asked me if it had hit me yet, the fact that I wouldn’t be…

This Book Don’t Make No Sense…

Hey!  It was intentional, so don’t go around your school districts claiming that I can’t speak proper English- I can!  But, the title of this post originated because my students would always say this about some of the materials that we read when I was in the classroom.  One of my jobs as an educator…

Why Do You Do That?

Today was our first day back from Spring Break.  I arrived to school a bit early because we are also doing our state testing this week.  I wanted to make sure I was in place so things would run smoothly, and they did, which is a point of celebration.  I have to celebrate the other…