Friday, July 17, 2015

Welcome to An Educator's Life 2.0

HELLO My Friends!

I am so pleased to be blogging again. It has been such a crazy and wild summer with family reunions, church activities, and attending conferences- oh, and amusement parks and such! WOW!
I wanted to stop by and let you know that my NEW goal is to blog at least weekly, and that the content of my blog with change slightly as well. I hope you will enjoy this new direction and continue with me in my journey!

As many of you know, I was hired to be the principal of my school this past year. Due to circumstances with the principal who hired me, he was put on administrative leave the very first day of school. A lead teacher was asked to do the basics to keep the building running until things settled and the district knew what needed to be done. They approached me the last week of September and asked if I would teach ½ day and be the administrator the other ½. THAT was an interesting meeting. I had mixed feelings about the situation as I LOVE TO TEACH!

In the end, and after many long talks with my wife, we agreed that this is what was best for our family, but we would NOT allow money to influence us (which is good, because those of you who think principals make a lot of money- think again! At least not in our district!). I finished the year out doing both and then applied to be the full-time admin this spring. AND… now here I am.
My blog, An Educator’s Life, was started many, many years ago during a technology class. I had NO CLUE what I was doing, and if you were to read my first post, you would probably die laughing!

From there my blog became my ranting wall, my special place to share with friends and family, and when I really started to become an active entrepreneur, a place to share my resources once in a while. Lately it has been a disaster of sale promos and product updates.

Well… all that to say…

WELCOME TO THE ALL-NEW Educator’s Life Blog! I thought about changing the name, and may in the future, but I think it is still fitting for what I do- Educate. Now it is my teachers AND all the students in the school. This is a HUGE responsibility, and one I won’t take lightly.

So, what can you expect here now? 

         1)      Content that is school focused- suggestions, tips, advice for management, etc.
         2)      The thoughts and insights of an administrator in regards to management, testing, state standards, etc.
         3)      Q&A Posts where I will ask for YOUR questions or concerns and then answer them from an administrative point of view.
        4)       Links to websites, resources, and apps that may change the way you teach!
        5)       Anything else that is awesome and ninja like that I feel with be a benefit and worth your time to read!

ALSO, you may want to subscribe to my NEWSLETTER! Use the newsletter form above! I will be sending out my first issue by the end of August. AND, if you haven’t joined the journey on my other social media outlets, you may want to take a gander at those as well.

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So welcome, welcome, welcome my friends! I am excited for this new journey and I am thrilled you will be joining, or continuing, with me!


  1. I'm SO happy for will do a great job! But hopefully you'll still be making some of your upper grade activities as I'm going back up to fourth grade and am excited about it. I loved the change of kinder for a couple of years....and they had my heart BUT....I love the relationships you form with the upper grade students because I'm a firm believer that relationships with kids are imperative to if students learn or not. We just got Wonders...a CCSS ELA curriculum so that will be interesting and I guess we're still using Engage NY as our math curriculum....which teachers are really frustrated with. So it'll be a steep learning curve...but I'm ready for the challenge....just hoping you will still be making your awesome units....I've missed them over the last couple years of teaching the littles. Congrats again on your new admin position....I look forward to your new posts from a different perspective....have a great "rest of" your summer!

    Stephanie Ann
    Sparkling in Fourth Grade

    1. Howdy Stephanie!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words.
      I will definitely continue making resources. It is a connection to the classroom that I won't give up. Plus, now I will be able to see a much wider range of needs in my school and create to help fill them.
      I am thrilled to hear that you are returning to the upper grades- LOVE THE UPPER GRADERS!
      Have a wonderful weekend, YOU ROCK! :)

  2. Congrats! I'm so glad you're going to be blogging again. I've dusted mine off too and will try to be a little more active.

    1. JOAN!
      Oh how I have missed you. I hope you doing well! I am excited to get back into the blogging routine! Hopefully life will settle down now and I can find a routine that works for me.
      Hugs to you!

  3. Congrats! As a K-6 principal of two building and K-12 special education director for the district, I loved my year as an administrator! It was a change, but one that I loved! I am so excited for you on this journey! I cannot wait to see what you blog about in your new position! Life has a way of throwing us curve balls, so I'm not returning this fall. BUT with good reason - I had a baby boy! He's so amazing and wonderful that I just couldn't handle being away from him 50ish hours a week. Oh, and I totally understand what you mean about the pay! There were teachers in our district that made more than me as admin (although they've been here for MANY years and have completely earned that pay). But I'll stop with this comment now as I'm rambling and have used far too many exclamation marks. Good luck with the new role!
    ~Heather aka HoJo~

    1. Heather- I missed you in Vegas this year! I am SO excited for you being able to stay home! WAHOO! Congrats on your sweet baby! You are going to ROCK this parent thing. AND, I may be emailing you for insight as I take on this crazy new role full-time!

    2. Thank you for the kind words! Feel free to e-mail me ANY TIME! I am not an expert by any means of the word, but I've got a few ideas up my sleeve (or an ear/eyes to listen to you vent/type). =) Take care!


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