I was reminded, this morning, that today is the first day of National Principals Month. This hit me as a time to write, not because I need a whole month to celebrate me, but because I don't know how I could do it without my PLN and those leaders out there that have been so supportive. I wanted to to thank so many who have shared their stories and listened as I shared mine, offering not only an ear to listen but thoughts and ideas to help me move on. There are so many great leaders that have impacted my career so I thought I'd take a minute to thank some of you. This is not intended as a comprehensive list of individual thank yous because there is no way to recognize each of you out there for all you have done. Thank you PLN!
I want to thank Chris Turnbull, Principal of Bear Tavern Elementary School, in Hopewell Township, NJ. Chris and I used to work in the same district, often sharing ideas and afterschool phone calls to discuss ideas and troubles. Although we don't talk as much as we used to, we still make time to talk and even make time to run together. While running with Chris this morning, it occurred to me how much I miss our daily interaction and his brilliant and hilarious ideas. Thank you Mr. Turnbull!
I want to thank Beth Houf, Principal of Fulton Middle School, in Fulton MO. Beth and I met in 2014 at the NAESP conference in Nashville and have stayed connected ever since. Whether it's through a quick Direct Message or a periodic Google Hangout, I appreciate her input and insight into the art of being a school leader. Her vast knowledge and experience continue to help me to think outside the box as well as organize my thoughts in way that can support my staff. Thank you Mrs. Houf!
I want to thank Pam Hernandez, Principal of John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Jamesburg, NJ. Pam and I began working together about 11 years ago and she has since become an amazing leader and principal in her own school. Pam's phone calls, while driving home, help give me another perspective on this difficult job as well as lending another ear to the daily trials and tribulations of leading a school.
I want to thank Kathy Robbins, my comrade within the district and Principal at Eldridge Park Elementary School. Kathy's experience, organization and calm demeanor remind me to read my emails a second time before sending and helps me to make sure that my paperwork is done (almost on time) and that I show up to meetings when I'm supposed to. Thank your Mrs. Robbins!
I want to make sure to thank all of the other principals and leaders in my district, Lawrence Township Public Schools. Thanks for putting up with me and for listening and being there. Thank you LTPS Leaders!
I want to make sure to thank Jeanne Radimer, my former boss and mentor, at Mercer High School, at Mercer County Special Services School District. Jeanne taught me to be organized (well she tried) and to be empathetic when working with students who need so much and staff who give so much. Thank you Jeanne!
I am thankful for all the leaders and principals that have come before me and will come after me. I know how hard you work. I want to thank all of you in my PLN who continue to do the hard work of running a school while making it look easy. I know what you're doing so that your staff, students and families can have a school where miracles occur and love is felt. Thank you for your leadership and for all of the time you spend away from your families and loved ones so that others can have great experiences in schools.
As we celebrate principals across the country this month (and we should celebrate principals because you all rock), I want to make sure that everyone knows how thankful I am to be able to do what I do ... every day. I am truly the luckiest principal in the world... AND I'M THANKFUL FOR THAT!