Archive for August, 2012


Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. And this week, I have made sure that I spoke with our new leaders at Joyner. Fifth graders walk around with such confidence. This is home and I saw it on that first night of Meet the Teacher as they moved around the building so happy to be back. The students explored all their favorite corners, visited with their past teachers and generally connected with each other. What a fabulous feeling to be at the top!

But what I have stressed to these bright new leaders in my introduction to them was that it is in their actions that I want see their thoughtful leadership. I encouraged them to be the role models. Not just doing the right thing walking in the hallways, but doing those little things that show how we are a family at Joyner. Hold the door open. Help a student in need when they drop something. Just being willing to offer help to those around them.

The fifth grade students have just risen and responded. I am so proud of those little things they have done. I watched as someone found a lost lunch box and did not just ignore it but helped find its home. These leaders greet others with happy smiles and encouragement. I am so proud.

But I also want to point out the leadership I find in so many classrooms beyond just fifth grade. Doing the right thing, our students are leading in learning. Their questions are smart. The products of their writing are reflective. Reading the fourth graders work this week as they found those “key” moments in life was amazing. I encourage all students to continue in their inquiry at school and at home.

This week has been a fabulous start to our year. I am proud of all of our leaders and learners.



Students are in the building. What a wonderful sound in the hallways and in the classrooms! And the kids have been great. There is a terrific energy on campus with students happy to be back and ready to learn.

My favorite moment today had to be meeting with a small group of our newest members to the Joyner family. Somehow we got onto the subject of what they were going to be when they grow up. One piped up quickly and with such confidence shared that she was going to be a cowgirl when she grows up! Awesome! How incredible kids are. They are eager and excited and willing to be open to all ideas.

These first couple of days I have witnessed how our students seem to stretch their wings as the teachers are already digging into teaching!

I love that our school is a place full of learning and excitement. AND cowgirls in the making!

Welcome to Joyner!

The words I continue to hear over and over. And I am just delighted.  Teachers have come back to the building this week. Everyone is busy preparing our classrooms, hallways and selves to welcome our children next Monday! As a new principal to Joyner, I have enjoyed getting to know this tremendous faculty these last few days. We have talked about the new curriculum, Common Core. We recognize our IB traits that work so fluidly in this curriculum.  I have listened closely to the many ways these incredible folks engage students and each other in learning. And I look forward to working closely with the team in creating a space that continues to focus on a community that empowers all in reaching the highest potential.

I look forward to the students coming and bringing life to our plans. I look forward to working with all of the members of the community as we together continue to create the dynamic community that makes Joyner so special.  And I encourage each of our members of the community to consider the ways you can be a part of this community. Remember that even in the simplest task of reading with your child empowers that relationship!

Together we welcome our children! Let’s have a fabulous year together learning and growing!