Author Archives: Tia M. Dawson

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am a Principal of an elementary school Langley, BC. Lastly, I am a person who loves photography. I gain so much enjoyment and satisfaction taking photos. I have learned a great deal about photography since I purchased my first dSLR in 2008. There is so much more to learn though! All three of these things help to describe who I am as a person, but also demonstrate my love of learning - nothing is ever stagnant with any of these. I love to learn!

One Year Ago Today

I am sharing this in an effort to help others, to be a voice when others may be struggling to find their words.  If you, or someone you know, think that you may need the support of a Transition House, … Continue reading

Posted in Connections / Relationships, kindness, Lessons Learned, Reflection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You Matter

Yes, you matter. For the past few years, there has been a prominent movement toward making sure people (particularly kids) know that they matter. It is a wonderful, very important message that I feel like people can’t hear enough. You … Continue reading

Posted in care, Connections / Relationships, kindness, Learning, Lessons Learned, Uncategorized, YouMatter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be Kind to Yourself

It was Friday morning and my classroom was empty. The students had just left with the teacher who helps them exchange their library books for the week. A few minutes after my students in Grade 1 and 2 left the … Continue reading

Posted in care, Connections / Relationships, kindness, Lessons Learned, Reflection, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Where are the Women Keynote Speakers?

Where are the Women Keynote Speakers? This post was collaboratively written by: Jessica Johnson Melissa Emler Heidi Hutchison Iram Khan Kaye Henrickson               Tia Henriksen                      … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Future Members of Society

As I wrote about recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the BCPVPA Short Course for administrators last week. We had many inspiring speakers, great connections with administrators from around the province and heart-felt conversations about kids and the … Continue reading

Posted in change, Connections / Relationships, Instructional Leadership, Leading the Learning, Learning, Professional Development, Reflection, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Things I Know For Sure

This past week, 120+ new administrators and 20+ facilitators gathered at UBC for connection, inspiration, and reflection. We all participated in the BCPVPA Short Course: Lenses of Leadership for new Administrators that has been happening at the beginning of July … Continue reading

Posted in Collaboration, Connections / Relationships, Family, Instructional Leadership, Leading the Learning, Learning, Professional Development, Reflection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Power of Educators

Sometimes, I think we as individual educators do not realize the ultimate power we have over what we do. Oftentimes, I think that we wait for others to lead us and to show us what is out there. Don’t get … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

A New Role, a New District, and New Connections

It is Spring Break and after my first 2 1/2 months of being a principal, I have found time to do some important 3-R’s – rest, rejuvenate, and reflect. Heading into the final stretch of a school year, all these are … Continue reading

Posted in Collaboration, Connections / Relationships, Leading the Learning, Reflection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

My Word for 2015

Many educators have been reflecting on 2014 and making plans for 2015. In doing so, many have chosen one (or more) word to be their focus for this year. This word reflects what they feel is most important in their … Continue reading

Posted in Leading the Learning, Professional Development, Reflection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Bit of Me

A Bit of a Goodbye After 20 years in my current district, it is time to say goodbye. It’s not really a goodbye though. Even though we will not be seeing one other at district meetings, we will continue to … Continue reading

Posted in Connections / Relationships, Learning, Management, Professional Development, Reflection, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments