Intentional Love

Dr. Chara Wilaford and I did a session with school leaders entitlted, “Post Pandemic Planning” a few weeks ago, and this clip stuck out to me.  It stuck out because sometimes we rarely reflect and get caught up in the moment.  The question was, “How has the pandemic impacted your leadership forever, and what will…

Dear, Dr. Taylor

I’ve wanted to do this post for three years, more specifically at the beginning of my principalship.  I find that now is the perfect time to do it because this year marks my 7th year in administration, which is also the amount of time I spent in the classroom.  I won’t linger on the point,…

Preparing to Plant

I was sitting at my desk last week and I’d typed the title in the subject box of my Principal’s weekly note…Preparing to Plant.  I didn’t have anything in the text box to communicate the message to my staff, and I was technically waiting for the thoughts to come. In the midst of waiting, our…

Better from the Bruises

I’ve taken a break from writing in this blog partially because I wasn’t able to filter my thoughts and communicate them correctly.  I wouldn’t say that I was in search of censorship, but I’d say I was more in search of the lesson to glean from reading whatever I put out into the atmosphere.  I…

Taking Time and Reaping Rewards

For 2020, I’ve taken some time to really figure out what I want to come out of this blog.  Do I want to continue moving in the same direction?  Do I want to change anything?  And the only thing I can think of is that I need to be more consistent in writing here.  People…

Hard Work and Heart Work

This past week took me through a range of emotions.  It pulled on my heart a bit and caused for some serious prayer to get myself on the right track.  I can’t tell educators enough that it’s important to have mentors and people to help get you back where you need to be.  All of…

Not A Coincidence

I know, I know…I said that my next post would focus on the Netflix series, “When They See Us,” but that post has developed into something else which has led to me reading the book, The New Jim Crow, and articles that deal with the school to prison pipeline.  I feel myself not only learning…

Be Great…Be Accountable (Reflections on My First Year As Principal)

God is good all the time…and all the time, God is good.  I’ve had to remember that as I’ve worked through my first year as principal.  Honestly, some days I didn’t know if I’d make it.  The task became overwhelming; people kept calling me on my radio, teachers texted me and asked why I wasn’t…

People Remember How You Made Them Feel

Click the link and watch this First: https://youtu.be/TjXKS6ONtLQ I shared this video with the teachers at my school and I also wrote the text that I will copy and paste into this post.  It reads as follows: One of my strengths and weaknesses is I’m just about willing to share every aspect of my life with…