So, this is Christmas (14 personal and professional gifts I received in 2014)

So, this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun -John Lennon

In these last few days and moments of 2014, my thoughts have swirled around how blessed I have been. So without further ado, I present the 14 personal and professional gifts I have recieved in 2014.

  1. Family: I am truly blessed to spend every day with my lovely wife and two adorable daughters. Our house is full of laughter, hugs, and kisses.
  2. Friends: I have more (and better) than anyone deserves.
  3. Health: I feel good.
  4. My basic needs (and my family’s) are not only met, but exceeded.
  5. Comforts: From musical instruments, to tech and toys… I’m spoiled.
  6. Perfect job for me: I took a leap of faith to leave the school where I spent nearly my entire career for an incredible opportunity. I joined the lowest performing school in our district as part of a turnaround effort. I miss my former colleagues, but PB is where I am meant to be.
  7. Work with great administration: I’m so lucky to work for an administration team who have both their heads and hearts in the right place.
  8. Work with great faculty: Our faculty (the vast majority of whom are new to our school) are positive and energetic. We have a tough job ahead of us, but we can do it!
  9. Work with a coaching team: So pleased to work every day with my coaching colleagues, Donna and Lisa. Every day is difficult, but so fun and so worth it.
  10. Our students: While challenging and sometimes frustrating, our students are special and inspire our work every day.
  11. My PLN: Twitter and LinkedIn have both introduced and deepened my understanding of many issues in education and, more importantly, have connected me to hundreds of intelligent, friendly people.
  12. This blog: As I write my posts, this blog has provided me an outlet for reflection, fostered new connections, and pushed my thinking about coaching.
  13. Working with outside folks: I’ve had the privelige of doing good work with some great people from outside my school district. Many thanks to the folks at TeachBoost, the MQI Coaching Research Team at Harvard University, and REACH Associates.
  14. The future: All of this looking back has me excited for all the good to come in 2015!

Take it, John…

So, this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Lets hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

John Lennon – Happy Christmas (war is over)


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