Currently working on:
We are currently doing some exciting work to reimagine our schools and develop a new vision for 2020. We have been listening to student voice to learn how they learn inside and outside of school, working with the Innovate Salisbury team and working on an action research project to identify the critical factors of success necessary for teachers to create transformational learning experiences. In conjunction with this work, we have been interviewing experts and thought leaders on our podcast, TLTalkRadio.
Another major project is to work with the school board to update our entire policy manual and administrative regulations. There will be monthly work to accomplish in this area with a timeline of about 18 months.
What if the school district was the hub of the community? This was one of the outcomes of the entry plan. Over the first half of 2016, we’ll be working with various stakeholders to develop an action plan to address this
question. One of the things we did in the beginning of December was to hold a community breakfast! We look forward to partnering with the Township to offer more community opportunities for our citizens and families.
2015 was a pretty good year! Here are a few things that stick out as accomplishments:
Completed the first year as superintendent in the Salisbury Township School District. After 8 months of collecting data and connecting with various stakeholders in our entry plan process, my colleague (Lynn Fuini-Hetten) and I shared our findings. We have some pretty good goal focus areas in the areas of (1) teaching and learning; (2) communication; and (3) community.
My colleague and I rebooted our podcast, TLTalkRadio. We’ve been interviewing authors of books with a focus on ideas that connect with our work in the district. This has been great fun, and I hope it will expand into 2016!
In February 2015, I was named the PAECT Outstanding Leader of the Year.
What I’m doing outside of career:
I’m a pretty passionate consumer of music these days. As you may have gleaned from my bio, I was a music teacher for nearly 20 years. While my life’s work has taken a different direction, I still love music, particularly classical, jazz and an occasional opera. While I see performers locally, one of my guilty pleasures is going to New York City to take in the culture. I almost always post the program and an occasional photo at LearningEnthusiast.net for my own personal record of what I’ve been doing. Here are some of my latest ventures:
I’ve always wanted to give a go at saltwater fish. When I set up my office this past year, I took the leap. While I’ve not always been successful with keeping everything alive, it’s been a fun venture and hobby.
For the past five years or so I’ve been focused on and off on exercise and nutrition. After some personal training for awhile, I decided to take what I learned there and apply it on my own. In September 2015, I outfitted the basement with some equipment and have enjoyed both weight training and cardio. I’ve definitely formed some positive health habits in both exercise and nutrition and look forward to pushing those goals into 2016
Updated December 2015.