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 for the past 38 years (you can check out the hashtag #bcpvpa for some inspiration).Continue reading “Things I Know For Sure”

What My Inner City School Experience Has Given Me

This is going to be a somewhat personal post. I have been pondering this for quite some time and have finally decided to write about it and share. For the past 2 and one half years I have been the vice-principal of an inner-city school in the school district where I work (not all ourContinue reading “What My Inner City School Experience Has Given Me”

Connecting With Home

This post is inspired by Chris Kennedy – Superintendent of West Vancouver School District, and more importantly, proud father of 4.  In September, Chris wrote a post on his blog, Culture of Yes, entitled Some of My Parenting Wishes For This Year. As I read this post in September, I felt myself continually nodding myContinue reading “Connecting With Home”

Easy Movie-Making Alternative

In a recent post, I described a Digital Storytelling session in the Digital Sandbox for Administrators that fellow administrator, Antonio Vendramin and I offered for other Surrey School District administrators. You can read about that session here.  During this session, we used iMovie on the iPad to make 60-second movies.  These movies can be veryContinue reading “Easy Movie-Making Alternative”

Learning From My Kids

I’ve really been enjoying my time these past couple of weeks.  It’s been nice to “get away from it all” and just take some much-needed time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. I had some lofty plans on getting caught up with work (are you *ever* really caught up?). While I did get a few thingsContinue reading “Learning From My Kids”

Mother’s Day Reflection

I have celebrated eight Mother’s Days (if you count the one when I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 7-years-old).  I am very fortunate to have 3 wonderful children: Trista (7), Pauli (4), and Carson (1).  I am proud of each one of them for many reasons. When I became a mom, IContinue reading “Mother’s Day Reflection”

My Top Ten in Ten Days – Celebrating my 100th Blog Post – 1/10

Like I have mentioned, being a mom is the most important thing I do. It always has to come first!  I am fortunate to have 3 wonderful kids: Trista (7), Pauli (4), and Carson (1).  They brighten my each and every day. I feel so fortunate to have them in my life!  I learn somethingContinue reading “My Top Ten in Ten Days – Celebrating my 100th Blog Post – 1/10”

It’s Not About Power and Control

Whether you are a mother, father, sister, brother, teacher, administrator, or anyone in management, it is important to understand that trying to exert power and control is usually not very effective. Too often I see and hear about people trying to exert their control and power over another individual(s).  Perhaps, they feel that is theirContinue reading “It’s Not About Power and Control”

Things to Remember for 2012

I was hoping to do more blogging over this holiday season, but, as you can see, that just didn’t happen.  With my entire family being sick, Christmas shopping and the festivities that followed, and now the planning of birthdays (my baby turns 1 tomorrow and my other two have birthdays in January), things have beenContinue reading “Things to Remember for 2012”

Beautiful Day in Vancouver

It has been quite a few weeks since we last went on our family walk along the seawall. With our double stroller, our mittens, our scarves, our toques, our winter coats, the rain cover, our umbrellas, and our rain jackets, we headed downtown (we live in a suburb). Yah, we our weather can be quite unpredictableContinue reading “Beautiful Day in Vancouver”