A Principal’s Secret…But Promise You Won’t Tell the Kids… by Sheila Beckner

Nerdy Book Club

So here is my secret I have learned over time:

It’s not always about the kids.

Sometimes it’s about the adults.

And always…it’s about the books.

Who am I?  I am an elementary principal. I am a reader.  I am a reading role model – or at least that is what I try to be. Like all principals, I am driven to build a school culture that makes reading like breathing – it’s just what we do – it’s how we live.

I diligently read each Nerdy post.  I have stacks of “waiting to be read” books at home and at school.  I fill my office with beautifully arranged shelves and bins of books to share.  As Donalyn taught us, each year I cover my office door with photo covers of books I read throughout the year.  I constantly “talk” books with kids.  I write morning messages to kids about…

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Lost in plain sight
People stroll by
That I am even in the room
Wrapping my solitude
Round me like a cloak
Warm and comfortable
A refuge
From the cacophony
The hustle and bustle
While in the dark recesses
Of my mind
Sunlit patterns beneath trees
Crackling needles underfoot
Sharp cool mountain air

Faded Blue Jeans

Some days I need a reminder
When I try too hard to fit
Someone else’s idea
Of how my life should be.

I start thinking
That I need structure
And organization
And to do what society
Considers normal

Like a pair of designer pants
With tucks and pleats
Need to be dry cleaned
Kept pressed
But damn, they look good.

A prison of my own making.

What I want…
What I need…
Faded blue jeans
Willing to go along
With whatever
With a wink
And fireworks.

Crockpot Pork Roast and Potatoes


1 pork tenderloin
Diced potatoes – plan one potato per serving
1 sliced onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in the crockpot.  Cook for 8 hours on low. This is great to start in the morning before work, because you come home and dinner is done!

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