Leading Through LEarning

From Here to There

Hello and welcome to my reflections on education and leadership. In this drop down menu, you will find articles and blogs focused around education today, written in 2020. I currently serve as a middle school assistant principal in a school with approximately 1200 students. I have taught reading and language arts at both the middle and high school level. I have served as a reading coach, department chair, and county literacy specialist.

I love students. I love learning. I love leading.

I am a mother to two amazing children. I am a wife with a truly romatic love story. I am a daughter to two of the most remarkable individuals I know. I am a sister to my best friend.

Writing gives me a chance to reflect. It allows me to process in a way that helps me remain grounded. When life is busy and frantic and stressful, writing is like a bubbly, warm bath for me. It is soothing and calming and usually guides me to those subtle awarenesses that remind me of my purpose and my power.

I am thrilled you have visited this little window into my brain. I am honored you bothered to read this when there are a million other things you could read. The words, pictures, and all of the content on this site is created, snapped, written by me (or cited otherwise).

The One Word

This picture was taken from the top of Blood Mountain. In the distance you can see Lake Lanier. Thanks to Jon Gordon and his book One Word, each year many of my colleagues choose one word to be their focus for the year. I’ve…

The North Star

The North Star represents our direction. It guides us. Sometimes it is referred to as our “why” – the reason we do what we do, the fuel behind our choices, the motivation and promise that push us to risk our comfort zone in search…

Space To Breathe

Our lives are so full. What a privilege! For one to be able to try new things and explore new places – all are potentially life-changing opportunities. Our experiences and choices are many; and, that in itself can be exciting, promising, and overwhelming.  Tonya…

Uncharted Territory

Let’s start with last Friday, March 13, 2020. Friday the 13th. Full moon. All kinds of crazy last week… at least that was what I thought until this week.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to march across our world and now into our community. Schools are…

A New Norm

As I reread my previous blog, it feels as if it were so long ago. In reality, it was only seven days ago. Things are changing by the hour. The virus is spreading and so is fear. I find myself gravitating toward the news,…

A New Time

“At some point you have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening,” wrote Heather Hepler, author. This quote was spoken by a principal in our district to the Class of 2020. With all spring activities either…

Never not Learning

Lately, I have heard the phrase “never not learning”. First, as a reminder in a weekly email from Yoga With Adriene. Again, it was reiterated in a Zoom meeting I listened to about education and best instructional practices. And yet a third time in…

Hindsight 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to an abrupt end, we are closing for summer without the same closure of years past. Despite the similar actions – students with masks cleaning out lockers, teachers with masks going through their end-of-the-year checklist, the hunt and…

The Space for Stillness

“If you are uncomfortable – in deep pain, angry, yearning, confused – you don’t have a problem, you have a life. Being human is not hard because you are doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right. You will never change the…

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