A New Day for Jeff’s Blog

I enjoy writing, but lately I have struggled to create and publish on a consistent basis. Upon reflection, I realize this is (at least in part) because I have felt too "constrained" by what I believe others might expect to find on my blog. With the goal of sharing more, I am refreshing my blog... Continue Reading →

A Letter to My Staff

July 22, 2018 To the Exceptional Staff at Willis Junior High School, We are embarking on what I believe is the most important week of the school year.  As I write this letter, our campus is quiet and empty, but on Monday morning it will be abuzz with activity as our students return for the... Continue Reading →

Fresh Paint: A Resilience Metaphor

I spent Saturday morning at school painting classrooms. Lately, I have been a bit discouraged about the physical appearance of our facilities and the unspoken message that dingy walls, stained carpet, institutional like classrooms, and dated buildings send to our students and parents. Over time, things wear out, students spill things, ink pens break, and... Continue Reading →

Eyes Wide Open

About a week ago, on a hot afternoon in Arizona, I stopped at a convenience store near work for a bottle of water and a soda. As I was walking in, I noticed a young lady leaning against one of the store's cinder block columns. There was something vaguely familiar about her. I searched my... Continue Reading →

Our Lenses Matter…

I used to have 20/20 vision. I could see perfectly, except for the fact that I have a bit of red-green color blindness which -- at worst -- led to me wearing blue instead of my preferred purple ties. But, time... And age... Now, I am unable to read anything without the aid of a... Continue Reading →

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