Stories of a New Administrator

A little over a year ago I took over as the Director of the small, private school I taught at for six years and attended as a small child.  Need it be said that I was thrilled?  My staff taught by my side for several years and brainstormed with me for nearly a year.  I [...]

I Remember When Teachers Were Allowed to Teach Their Passions

There are few things that I enjoy more than getting students to question, analyze, write about, discuss, and, ultimately, clarify their own views on complicated questions.  It reminds me of my own history teachers in high school and how they communicated their passions to us students.  In one class, we were supposed to study American history [...]

Educational Renaissance: Veteran Teachers Vest in Change

For the first time in years, I'm experiencing the excitement that new teachers can relate to. I'm "nerve-cited," a term my daughter coined for our move to teach in the Dominican Republic after 20 years in one public school in northern Vermont. To shake my foundations, to ignite possibilities for change and to immerse in [...]

8 Ways For Teachers To Communicate With Parents in the 21st Century

In the 21st century, there is a multitude of ways to communicate with parents. I know a large part of the education workforce is comprised of ‘digital immigrants’, but with a little time and motivation, all teachers can (and should) utilize technology to increase communication with parents and students. Here are my eight favorite ways [...]

Why I’m Quitting After Only Two Weeks of a New School Year

This year would have been my fourteenth year in the secondary classroom, but it won’t be after this week. With a brand new crop of freshly oriented students ready for the year ahead, I will be leaving them for a full-time professorship at the college level. On one hand, it’s a great opportunity – I’ve [...]