Students who are loved at home, come to school to learn, and students who aren’t, come to school to be loved.

Students who are loved at home, come to school to learn, and students who aren’t, come to school to be loved.   – Nicholas Ferroni


I love this quote.  We ask our teachers to do more and more every year.  We’ve moved from teachers simply imparting academic wisdom to so much more.  As our community becomes more and more diverse, we ask more and more from our teachers and staff.


The Hilliard City School District welcomes the opportunity to educate the whole child.  We are committed to providing academic skills, life skills, and shared values within our school community.  With these opportunities come challenges . . . challenges to serve students with incredibly different needs and experiences.


We having amazing teachers, principals, and staff.  Our culture drives our behavior . . . we accept the challenge.  We teach and love the students in our schools . . . it is just what we do.

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.  – Chinese Proverb


Do you know your own values?  Have you taken the time to outline, to intentionally define, what you expect from your life?


Too often we find ourselves living our lives to the expectations and standards of others.  We permit others to define success for us.


Take time to define what you value.  Don’t think about what others want you to be.  Who are you?  Honestly, what are your values and are they aligned with your desired outcomes in life.


When you are comfortable with who you are, you are able to relax and live your life with purpose.

We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.

We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.  – George Jacques Danton


When we dare to face our fear . . . when we dare to try something new . . . we are making progress.  Each day we dare to live our growth mindset.  We dare to try something new in the spirit of improvement.  On our journey to elite . . . on our daily commitment to be the best person we can be . . . we dare.


We are true to our core.  We are grounded in our foundation of values, but willing to step-out with new action.  Daring people don’t waiver from their core.  Daring organizations don’t stray from their culture.  Daring people are on a journey of action . . . action that is grounded in values.  We live a culture that encourages daring behavior and provides exceptional results.

My dear friend, clear your mind of can’t.

My dear friend, clear your mind of can’t.  – Samuel Johnson


I once had a coach that frequently said, “can’t means won’t.”


Coach was right . . . Can’t means won’t.  There are things that I won’t do.  There are times that my values, being intentional and true to myself, won’t permit me to act in a certain way.


There are times that fear leads me to can’t.  In these cases, with the help of others and by getting my mind right, I overcome my fear and create a “can do” attitude.


There are times when productive discomfort must be embraced and we must move forward.  There are other times when it’s good to say, “I won’t” because it reflects your value.

Freedom lies in being bold.

Freedom lies in being bold.  – Robert Frost


Being bold doesn’t mean being careless.  Being bold requires intentional behavior and strong convictions.


Some believe being bold means, “rocking the boat” . . . often being bold is simply being true to your inner core.


Being bold . . . having freedom . . . requires a clear purpose.  When the values in your heart and the purpose in your mind are in alignment, we live bold lives of freedom and conviction.

Becoming the best starts with getting better today, tomorrow, and the next day. Don’t worry about “best”- just focus on “getting better.”

Becoming the best starts with getting better today, tomorrow, and the next day. Don’t worry about “best”- just focus on “getting better.” – Jon Gordon


Our journey to elite isn’t a comparison between you and someone else.  The journey to elite is focused on being the best you.  Being elite is predicated on a growth mindset – a commitment to continued improvement.


Don’t worry about being the best in comparison . . . Focus on being the best possible you.  Elite is personal . . . Elite is powerful.  When we live discipline lives, when we are intentional in our behaviors, we continue on our journey.


Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.  – Stephen Hawking


I am sure some will argue with this premise, but for me there is a difference between being smart and being intelligent.  We all know plenty of smart people that we wouldn’t want on our team when solving a problem.  Smart people know facts – intelligent people know what do to with facts.


The ways in which intelligent people use facts is changing.  Twenty years ago we needed encyclopedias and books as resources to get information – as the place to find facts before truly applying them.  Today, facts and information are at our fingertips.  We are developing a new type of intelligence . . . we must synthesize information faster than ever before in human history.  We must literally process more information and apply to be productive and successful.


Being smart isn’t enough.  Knowing facts and processes isn’t enough.  To be successful in today’s work – to be Ready for Tomorrow – we must be able to synthesize the facts, process the information, create trusting relationships, and lead in a world dominated by change.