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Be the One... Who Loves Their Job

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What gets you excited each day? Do you love your job? 
This is the time of the year, where many people in education are counting down to the end of the year. I am excited to spend time with family and have some time off, however I am sad to see the year end. My first year as a principal has been amazing! 
I have conversations everyday with people that have chosen all different types of career paths. I have friends in finances, construction, farming, medicine and even the oil business. Typically after a few minutes talking, there is a pause and then there is some kind of comment. Ryan, you really have fun at work. Yes I do! I love my job. 

Do you have fun at work? What makes that happen?
In the past 13 years, I have taught at 12 schools (some years 6 a week) and was a vice principal for two years at a high school. My journey to principalship was very purposeful and a huge learning experience. The journey was tough, but extremely worth it because I have got to the point that I love my job.…

Be The One… Who Knows Their Story

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Who is that student? What is their story? How are you going to help them succeed?

I was a 2nd grader at Olive Elementary, in Vista CA. We were a year round school and I was on the green track. One of the months that we were off track, I can remember my phone ringing and Mrs. Lewis was on the other end. My teacher had just invited me to have pizza with her and a few other students during our time off of school. I was super excited! She asked us all about our lives. She wanted to know what we did outside of school, what our family dynamics were, and how we spent our free time. She invested in me and wanted to know my story.
This experience made an impression on me. It made me want to know the story of my students. Every single individual that walks into our buildings has a story. If we can learn their story it helps us provide the tools needed for them to succeed.
Which teacher learned your story? How did it make you feel?
Every kid deserves to have someone that invests time in them and lea…

Be the One that Believes in Them...

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I was a high school junior when I started talking to my parents about going to college. I absolutely loved high school, somewhat for the social aspect and  somewhat for playing sports. My dad would always remind me that I needed to take my studies more seriously. They had high expectations of balancing school and sports. I was never allowed extra curricular activities unless my grades were good.

 When the conversation came to college, he said "Ryan, college is not for everyone and I don't think school is for you." I was taken aback. Here I was, a very motivated and very determined individual who had just been deflated by his dad. Since that conversation, the words have played over and over in my head. To this day, I am not sure what exactly my dad meant. Was he trying to motivate me? Did he really not think I was college material?

I knew that I wanted more education, even though I was unclear on what I would be getting be degree in. Luckily for me, I had others in my l…

Finding the Lessons in Grief

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The past week and half of my life have been crazy... A week and half ago we received a phone call in the middle of the night that would every change our life. My father in law  passed away very suddenly. We were immediately shocked and heart broken. He was a jack of all trades, a man who has traveled, a man who has served our country, and a man who is loved by so many.
I went from being in full school mode, to needing to completely remove myself from school and be with my family. Changing my main role for the time being. The past two weeks have been hard, but there has been many underlying lessons. When we grieve it is hard to look for the lessons, but it is necessary to keeping us going.

1. Build Relationships
Throughout life, we are constantly being pulled in different directions and don't always spend enough time building our relationships. This is becoming more and more difficult in a digital age, where face to face communication is becoming less common.

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