Some people ask me why am I still working, full time, at 68 years of age. Why? Because I was raised with a work ethic that taught me to contribute to the greater good. I saw my father work 3 jobs into his 60's, always thinking of his family and contributing to his community. I saw my mom teach kindergarten for 37 years. Always loving every child she had in class. I was always taught to make a contribution to something and someone greater than me. I was taught to try and create something of value that would last long past my life.
I believe good caring leaders always think about generations after themselves. I have never seen myself as a good business man. I have always wanted to be a good man who wanted to leave a legacy. I have always found my passion in education and human services. I have been driven to make schools as human and caring as possible. I have never thought of those that worked with me as employees. I think of all those that work with me as family. It has been a blessing to watch our family grow and see the beautiful service they all are giving to the world.
My clear vision for the past 20 years has been to have every K-12 school be a fully integrated Social Emotional Learning and academic environment. At 68 years of age and 47 years as a professional educator, I am aware I may not see my dream as a reality so I take solace in every day of progress I can contribute to building. I am inspired every day I work with fellow educators. Their passion, love, and commitment ignites my spirit to continue to serve. I am aware that every good we do in schools benefits multiple generations. Our work is personal and it must be personal. Our personal work is authentic, transparent, vulnerable, and full of integrity.
We must create schools where everyone can do their best. Whatever unique form of their best might be.
Creating success for all while being authentic, transparent and vulnerable demands integrity. Integrity is built on trust.
"Trust is the stacking and layering of small moments and reciprocal vulnerability over time." - Brene Brown
"Trust and vulnerability grow together and to betray one, is to destroy both." - Brene Brown
I am aware that all of our work is dependent upon and built upon trusting relationships. It is only with trusting relationships that we can do the heavy lifting of leaving a legacy of Social Emotional Learning for many generations.