Thursday, October 6, 2016

Leave No One Behind

I can't tell you how powerful the military philosophy is to me. "Leave no man behind."
When you promise things like that- it provides purpose. When a superintendent shakes your hand and says, "I promise not to let you fail." It brings expectations up in your heart.
When you tell students that they are the most important things in the universe- you better discipline, teach, and invest in them with love, love, love.
Whatever it takes.
Life purpose. 
You will grow under my care at all cost.
You will develop skills and competencies to succeed as you get older.
Heart and mind, character and academics. 
It is the actions that follow your promises that show integrity.
I'm surrounded by students who show my heart and actions were aligned and THEY demonstrate what loving leadership can do.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


What a day.
I resigned today. 
Family first.
Deep emotions. 
Vera- I hope your looking down with pride... I strived to make your name great in Colorado Springs.
We created new programs like STEM.
We loved students with our character programs and Capturing Kids Hearts.
We impacted vets and first responders with the voices of our children. 
We inspired writers with a Young Author's Day.
We built a new plaza for teachers to use, cleared the gym from lunch duty, brought art into our building and created a technology rich school.
We built a team approach to learning and massaged in the next generation competencies.
We loved ALL our children like they were our own.
Hundreds of memories.
Thank you 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Be The Inspiration- through our STEM work

This morning I popped into the STEM class. I was inspired by a couple of 4th graders and their subject... They were learning about Nobel Prize winners. (It's a goal of mine to graduate a Nobel Prize winner.)
I learned about Gertude Elion... She created medicines that helped children survive Leukemia. She started a company so we looked it up.
What we discovered was amazing.
The company has a mission: "We are a science-led global health care company on a mission: we want to help people do more, feel better, live longer." 
Our district says we are preparing students for a world yet to be imagined... At Scott Elementary that happens every day. Students interact with global companies that are shaping the future. These students are inspired to be difference makers like the Nobel Prize Winners they are studying.
I love it. (Written on 9/8 but it didn't post)

Friday, August 19, 2016


As I visited classrooms yesterday I found a story was developing. It went like this: in Snow White there was a mirror that answered questions. This morning, like every other morning, someone at Disney asked, " Where is the happiest place of them all?" The mirror said,"Vera Scott Elementary!"
Why? Two main reasons. We have an amazing staff that builds caring relationships with students. They bring the awesomeness to our school. 2nd- our students. They are taught to show empathy and kindness. We believe in developing character traits here and this will build our community for several years to come!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Aesop once said, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, will ever be wasted."

We are in the middle of a food drive and our community is generous. We give what we can- some of us have great needs ourselves- yet give something. For all gifts great and small we are thankful.

Generosity is something more than giving things or gifts. There are countless examples of parents and teachers who are generous with their time and energy. Wow! From crossing guards to reading buddies to library helpers. Volunteers are awesome! Teachers who organize events or sponsor clubs- who spend those moments communicating and extending themselves... We have a generous staff.

As a principal I'm challenged on a daily basis to live up to our teachers and parents. To be generous- to think about how I can extend myself for those I serve. I choose to be generous- to give all I can for this community. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Our children are young. We believe they can lead today. They can teach us a thing or two. They don't have to wait to grow up before they can make a difference in the community.
Last week our student body came together to inspire our local first responders. I couldn't be more proud. They wrote speeches, sang songs, made cards, and even provided cookies at this event. Why? To show them that they are powerful. To show them that their words can fill and inspire a heart. To give our first responders a reminder of the why- the children they protect love them. The children are grateful.
The love of children is a powerful thing that can fill the buckets of our most weary warriors.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First Day Reflections

So much happens on day 1 of a school year. It starts with a handshake. We greet kinder students and welcome them to education- a journey that will end with a final handshake and diploma. Our handshake is one of promise- we will dedicate our best to you young man and young woman. We believe in you and in your unique giftings that will add so much to our community. It is the first handshake- and we stand behind it.