Make it Count!


What has been your ONE biggest struggle this year?

  • Anyone who is passionate about his/her job can relate to my biggest struggle – maintaining work/life balance. It is a constant struggle for me but one I committed to tackling head on last year after a tough year of being very out of balance. I love my job and want to be the best principal I can for the community which I serve and I have learned that I need to maintain balance in order to do that. Three things I put in place to do this: #1. 7:30-5:00 are my weekday hours unless I have a meeting or an emergency, #2. I joined a tennis club and play twice a week, and most importantly, #3. I reach out to my Work/Life Balance Voxer Group when I start to feel out of balance. By no means am I 100% in balance, but each day gets better!

Share TWO accomplishments that you are proud of from this year.

  • This year our school worked together as a community to create a Constitution for our school. The process involved staff and students and I am very proud of our final product. We also started monthly, student led assemblies that celebrate the core values in our Constitution. Click here to read a blog post that elaborates on our work.
  • I am really proud of my ever growing PLN. Each and every day they inspire me, motivate me and help me to become a better Lead Learner than I was the day before. Thank you to #PrincipalsinAction, #LeadUpNow, #MESPAChat, #PrincipalsinAction, #KidsAchieve, #Work.Life.Balance, #SatChat, #T4thFStudy. We truly are better together! Click here for an example of why!

What are THREE things you wish to accomplish by the end of the school year?

  • Currently at RLS, we have several community members working on five passion projects. My consummate goal always is to make the world a more better place because we have been it. These projects have this goal in mind and, when completed, will make this an even better school than it already is! Stay tuned for more details as we aren’t ready to unveil our work quite yet…
  • Thanks to Adam Welcome and my colleagues at #PrincipalsInAction, I have been getting into classrooms for read alouds more often this year. This year I have read Beautiful Hands and Miss Rumphius. My goal is to do at least two more read alouds before the year ends.
  • I am hopeful that at year’s end, each grade level will have led one Constitution Celebration!

Give FOUR reasons why you remain in education in today’s rough climate.

  • Bottom line – the kids. #KidsDeserveIt
  • I am passionate about providing a high quality education – academically, socially and emotionally – for all kids. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
  • Since I was a young child I have been a part of the Camp Arcadia family. One of our core values, based on the teachings of Edward Bok, is to “Make the world more beautiful because you have been in it.”
  • This job is the perfect match for my personality! I consider myself to be a very positive person. Truth be told, in a former school a colleague nicknamed me Peppermint Patty Positive Pants! Have you ever tried to walk through an elementary school without smiling? It is virtually impossible!!! I can’t imagine doing anything else that would make me happier.

Which FIVE people do you hope will take the challenge of answering these questions?

  • Mike Leander, Kathleen Valenti, Carolyn Boyce and anyone else in the #MESPAChat who has yet to write one!
  • Louise Fritts Johnson as Camp Arcadia is one of my strongest educational touchstones.
  • Anyone in the #PrincipalsInAction Voxer Group who has yet to take on the challenge. Blogger extraordinaire, Adam Welcome, I can’t find yours???

Will you join the ‘Make It Count’ challenge? I assure you it is a powerful reflection exercise. Click below to be inspired by others who work tirelessly to make each day count because #KidsDeserveIt! By reading these, it is clear that there is so much to celebrate in America’s schools.

Elaine Mead, MA Principal

 Tammy Imgarten, CA Teacher

Jennifer Kloczko, CA Principal

Liz Garden, MA Principal

Kelley McCall, Principal

Jessica Cabeen, MN Principal

Eric Ewald, Principal

Jeff Kubiak, Principal

Jay Posick, WI Principal

Chris Dodge, MA Principal

Kas Nelson, Principal – thanks for starting this challenge with our PIA!

Meghan Lloyd, Choir Teacher

Chante Jillison, MA Principal

Efrain Martinez, Principal

Hope Kloczko, 1st Grade Teacher

Crislyn Doran, 4th Grade Teacher

Claire Giardino, OH Principal

Anthony Purcell, Math Teacher and rumored originator of the challenge!

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