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Thank you and Farewell

Two years ago around this time of the year I made the decision to take a leave of absence from my job as a principal at the Thames Valley District school board, pack up my life and move to Beijing,… Continue Reading →

Morale Compass

Last weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the IB Leadership Workshop Culture and Context. We talked a lot about the culture of the organization in which we work as well as the culture and context of the staff,… Continue Reading →

Practice Vulnerability

This week I had Bob Jackson a colleague and friend visit me and spend some time at my school. I wanted him to authentically experience what was happening at our school so that he could provide fresh eyes and be… Continue Reading →

Spinning Wheel of Death

You know the spinning wheel of death that comes up on your computer and no matter what you do you cannot stop it. You either need to wait it out, shut it down or try and escape. No matter what… Continue Reading →

Dominoes and Puzzle Pieces: The realities of staffing

My Vice Principal and I began the process of staffing back in November. All staff have to declare their intent to return at that time so that we can begin to post positions, make internal changes and create a plan… Continue Reading →

Parallel Lives

Transitions are VERY difficult for me. I feel as though I have two parallel lives. My life as a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend in London, Ontario and then my life as an international school principal, friend and colleague… Continue Reading →

Is it to be or not to be?

I truly believe that those teachers who are struggling always try their best and want to be successful. No one wants to fail but even with coaching and support there are many reasons that teachers are not successful: Teaching is… Continue Reading →

Mental Health: Let’s Talk

First of all I want to start by saying that some the bravest, most resilient and brilliant people I know suffer from mental illness. That comes in many forms: addiction, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and bi-polar disorder. The lessons that… Continue Reading →

Responsive Leadership

As school leaders we expect our teachers to be responsive to the needs of their students. We want them to adjust their teaching in order to meet the needs of the students in front of them. We expect them to… Continue Reading →

Recruitment: What do teachers want?

This time of the year is EXTREMELY busy in regards to teacher recruitment. We started this process at the end of November and will continue into March. It is our hope to have our staffing completed by the end of… Continue Reading →

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