Some Things Never Change

If you are like me, your car radio is usually dominated by whatever the kids can listen to while they are with you. That means I can't listen to my podcasts on reality TV or true crime, no vintage 90s hip hop, and even pop radio stations can get a little inappropriate.

To clarify, I have the. worst. singing voice. But if it's just me and kids, I am going to belt it out (at least for now, when they still like me. Give me a few years and it will be so embarrassing even though they are the only ones in the car). We play Hamilton soundtrack, whatever Kennedy play we are currently practicing for (Shrek Jr songs were my fave), and most recently, the Frozen 2 soundtrack. I am loving it.

The second song on the soundtrack is titled, "Some Things Never Change" which just makes me so happy. It's upbeat, it's fun. It reminds me of education a whole lot too.
As a fresh teacher out of college (a "noob" as the kids would say), I was shocked when a veteran teacher …

Growing Up

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Mary, Did You Know?" (Warning: if you click that link, be in a safe space to possibly have an ugly cry. I always do). The singer is asking Mary if she knows the child she just delivered is going to do all the miraculous things that Jesus does for mankind. As a parent, this song hits me right in the feels. Holding a newborn and wondering what they will be like as they grow up is something I imagine that all parents have done.

Watching my own kids grow up and learn to manage the world fills me with all sorts of emotions. They are starting to have their own identity; a particular sense of fashion (thank goodness for the sanity of uniforms during the school day); have a like or dislike for particular movies (current fave: Empire Strikes Back, super exciting for mom and dad); and what activities they like to be involved in (basketball and play practice dominating our schedule).

I am extremely blessed to watch over 300 children "grow up&…

God, Family, Education, Football

God, Family, Education, Football
Immortal words from legendary JFK Coach Tony Napolet. They are on the scoreboard at the practice field overlooking the student parking lot. Besides the state titles and playoff appearance stats on that board, those words jump out to me every time.

Prioritizing what we want to do and what we have to do and what we should do is one of the most challenging things sometimes. I should read a book with my spare 20 minutes. I have to put some laundry away or order groceries (yes I order online and yes it's STILL a chore). I want to finish that episode of [insert current Netflix series]. I figure folding laundry while watching my show checks 2 out of 3 (and like Meatloaf says, that ain't bad). That one really great book is half-read inside my nightstand. I will get to it. Someday.

Looking at what we offer students at our school is no different. Funding is limited and time is fixed. So we prioritize.

God. Every day, every class there is time for prayer, …

Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

We are a Walt Disney World Family. It is my favorite place. I couldn't tell you why in just one sentence, and I guess my answer would vary depending on the person asking. I love how Disney utilizes cutting edge technology to be creative and imaginative with its attractions and experiences. Part of it is safety and cleanliness- I feel comfortable taking my daughters alone to a park or on transportation that I might otherwise be wary of in a big city. There is amazing convenience to visiting Disney World too-- complimentary transportation; a literal "magic" band that opens your hotel room door, pays for your purchases, and is your ticket into the theme park; hundreds of delicious food options at every turn. After dozens of trips, a Disney vacation is no big deal to plan for us--but it is a pretty big deal for first-time visitors (information overload!).

Even though there is comfort in doing the same, there is still magic walking up Main Street and seeing the castle each t…

Commencement Address 2019

The following is my commencement address from the 2019 ceremony.

Good Afternoon Kennedy Family.
It is with joy that I address you, the graduating class of 2019. It wasn’t too long ago that we first met. Great news, there is still time for some of you to work on your first impressions. But, after a couple years, I will admit, you’ve won me over. Your mischievousness is relatively harmless, your charm is contagious, and your ambition to lead- sometimes for good and sometimes otherwise, is admirable. 
Since you were in grade school, you’ve heard your parents, teachers, and maybe principals, tell you to make good choices. They seemed relatively straight forward so far-- keep your hands to yourselves, turn in your work, quit posting on social media. But today, as you set off into the “real world”, past the cozy nest of safety that is Kennedy, you will start making the big choices. They aren’t always easy or obvious. Most of you have chosen a college to attend next year. Was it a hard decision…

Guns and Horses Giddy Up

Ah, the month of May.

In some ways, it is an amazing light at the end of the tunnel. And in other ways, it is one of the hardest months to stay above water. The weather has broken (finally), so the grass at home needs cut several times a week and my children want to play outside and stay up late ("But it's not dark yet! It can't be bedtime!"). School is still in full swing, with baseball and softball games (when weather permits!), in addition to events like prom, field trips, awards ceremonies, etc etc to attend. May is full of things to do.

That light at the end of the tunnel feels farther away than it really is since my calendar agenda is longer than usual for each day. Students are feeling the pressure too. Each course is gearing up for a final exam or cumulative project. Every teacher is trying to get that last bit of curriculum covered before summer break. Underclassmen have scheduling for next year, while seniors are planning graduation celebrations. It's o…

Tip and Tricks at Just for Kicks

It's auction season!

One of the best events of my year for a decade now, the Just for Kicks auction that benefits John F. Kennedy Catholic School, is just weeks away. The very first year I attended as a friend of the auction chair (Jillian Rossi Phillips '97) and last year I attended as the first year principal. A lot has changed in ten years, and now as a member of the planning committee, I wanted to help our guests have the best time possible!

Coming to you soon will be a short video series on Tips and Trick at Just for Kicks-- some things I have learned along the way as a guest and now a planner, to make the most out of your night, help you WIN at the silent auction booths (I am still mourning the loss of those Tori Burch sunglasses from last year, everyone here is begging me to get over it), and make sure you are aware of all the FUN we have planned.

I love the work that we do at Kennedy and we simply cannot do it without your support at our largest fundraiser event of th…