Tag Archives: Optimism

Dance with My Father

I have been blessed to have been surrounded by many strong men during the years that have helped me grow and become the person I am today.  These people include my Father In Law, my Grandfather in Law (just call him Granddad), my son’s Godfather, my favorite uncles, etc.  None more important though than the […]

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Quote for the Day: Bill Cosby (Failure)

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

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Are You Doing Enough?

Sometime after my workout I will grab the jump rope and go at it for a few minutes (I’m not as young nor as light as I used to be.)   One day while jumping rope, an older gentleman (around late 60’s, early 70’s) had climbed off of the Treadmill and began watching me.  I was […]

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Quote for the Day: President Barack Obama (Our Greatness)

So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. […]

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Quote for the Day: Billy Joel (Express Yourself)

..Though [money is] crucial to make a living, that shouldn’t be your inspiration or your aspiration. Do it for yourself, your highest self, for your own pride, joy, ego, gratification, expression, love, fulfillment, happiness-whatever you want to call it.  Do it because it’s what you have to do.  And if you make this music for […]

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Quote for the Day: Amelia Earhart (Act Now)

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.  The fears are paper tigers.  You can do anything you decide to do.  You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

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More than an Instructional Leader (#6 – Reflections from the Frontline)

Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #6 – More than an Instructional Leader Synopsis: Dr. Duncan details his experience as a new elementary principal with the introduction of Ms. Lozado.  Ms. Lozado was a teaching assistant who was loved by the kids as well as staff.  She had aspirations to become a full-time teacher, however, she […]

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Finding Your Voice (#5 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #5 – Finding Your Voice Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses the importance of having “your own voice”….maintain and develop your individuality.  It if acceptable to follow the rules of the organization, but do it in the manner that works for you.  Dr. Duncan shares his experience with falling into the […]

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The Value of Home Visits (#4 – Reflections from the Frontline)

  Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #4 – The Value of Home Visits Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses his tactic of visiting students homes during the school year.  This proved effective for him to not only to get to know the student, but also the parents and the home situation.  The student may have a behavior […]

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The Common Demoninator (#3 – Reflections from the Frontline)

Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #3 – The Common Denominator Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses his experience with negotiating with parents, specifically on actions that are best for their child.  Parents can sometimes become difficult handle, especially if they feel the action is not in the best interest for this child. However, Dr. Duncan was able […]

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