Transforming Professional Learning
As a classroom teacher for 15 years, I have attended many required professional development activities designed to make me better. Administration required and I complied. Unfortunately, I usually found compulsory PD irrelevant and not immediately applicable in my classroom. I sat through one boring lecture after another, eyes glossy from 100 slide PowerPoints, and left feeling like I…

Empowering Teachers Through Collaboration
As educators, we are constantly bombarded with educational mandates and initiatives, the silver bullets that will fix everything. Over the years, especially as a teacher, I often felt like one log after another was thrown onto the educational fire, without ever emptying the ashes. Usually, these mandates and new school initiatives were forced upon me, an…

Is Your School Future Ready?
As we work towards a new or renovated school at Mountain Valley, I often ponder the following questions: What does a school of the future look like? Can the schools of yesterday meet the needs of tomorrow’s students? A recent interview with Mark Wagner, CEO of EdTechTeam, helped me find answers to these questions. With…

It’s Going to be a Great Year!
It is hard to believe that 2017 is already here! At Mountain Valley School District, we are working hard bring positive change into the new year, change that includes improved relationships, instruction, technology and facilities. These improvements are a team effort, and I would like to thank all Mountain Valley staff, students, parents and community members for their continued support and efforts as we strive to empower and prepare every student for lifelong academic success and personal growth. …

The Learning Environment
I recently read a blog post by George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset, which resonated and stuck with me. The post, 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools, simply outlines key characteristics of great schools. As we leave 2016 behind and race into a new and improved future, I expect Mountain Valley School to lead by example…

The Truth About Success
Each day I strive to improve as a husband, father, educator and leader. The tasks at hand can be exhausting. Some days I feel like a great superintendent, yet only a mediocre husband. Other days I am proud of my work as high school principal, but embarrassed at the lack of attention to my personal… (8 comments)

Beautifully Prepared for the Future
Over this past weekend, the Mountain Valley School Board of Education and I attended the 2016 Colorado Association of School Boards Annual Convention in Colorado Springs. It was great to see so many people working together to improve education for students throughout Colorado. There were many highlights, including Author Steve Pemberton, who shared his inspiring…

Make That Change
When I think back on my personal educational experiences, I remember a teacher centered environment, with the teacher doing most of the talking and occasionally cold-calling on students for answers. I would try to avoid making eye contact with my teachers in hopes that they would not call on me when I did not know the answers, which was more often than not.…

Everyone Has a Story
The Superintendent’s Corner is a collection of stories, thoughts and lessons learned along the way. As I mature as an educator and school leader, I learn something new every day. Over the summer, at a Capturing Kids’ Hearts training, I learned that everyone has a story worth hearing if you take the time to listen.…