At the very heart of things, I am a classroom teacher. My vision for schools is firmly rooted in my core beliefs about education.
I believe in public schooling as a cornerstone of American society.
I believe that teaching is the greatest job in the world, and that children are the best co-workers in the world.
I believe that 90% of teaching is providing for the social and emotional safety of children. The rest will fall into place if those needs are met.
I believe that great teachers and principals do not construct a school community; rather, they facilitate its creation with staff, students and families by uniting them towards a common vision and purpose.
I believe a strong school community is a parallel of a strong classroom community. Many of the principles that build effective classrooms also build strong schools.
I believe that people have immeasurable potential. The motivation and power to achieve lies within; it’s merely my job to help discover it and let it fly.
I believe that a learning community extends beyond the classroom, that students, staff, and parents alike deserve the joy and unique rewards that challenge can provide.
I believe that a healthy school classroom and school culture are the product of respect, mutual trust, collaboration and shared power.
I believe that outstanding teachers and administrators balance decisiveness and action with patience and perspective.
I believe I have more to learn from others than they have to learn from me.