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Lessons From A Courageous Veteran

In times when I question my own ability to be courageous, I take inspiration from others who have accomplished extraordinary things through their acts of courage and bravery.  Over the weekend, I joined a packed movie theater to see the movie Harriet, a film biography about American abolitionist and activist, Harriet Tubman.  The life she endured as a slave required courage just to survive, but she went far beyond that,...
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Hard Work and the Value of Failure

Have you ever tried something that didn’t work out? Depending on how big the stakes were, or the nature of what you tried and failed at, you might have:   1) Determined that you were wrong to take that chance and you’ll never do it again;  2) Decided that you needed to adjust your approach or modify your goal and try again; or  3) Realized that you needed to work harder...
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Loving Life! And trying to stay “in the moment”

“Loving Life!  And trying to stay ‘in the moment’.”  This is what I wrote in the “About You” section of my Facebook page a number of years ago after a particularly difficult chapter in my life.  I had made the decision that life is too short not to try to fully embrace each and every moment. I’ll admit, it is a lofty aspiration– but when I am able to achieve...
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Our “Culture Code” at Roycemore

Recently I was given a book as a farewell gift from a Roycemore faculty member who was relocating to another state.  As she suspected, it was a great read for me and I introduced an exercise in the book to our faculty. The book is Culture Code by Dan Coyle.  This past summer Roycemore faculty and staff collaborated to define the culture of our school community.  The process was intended...
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Fortis et Prudens Simul

Roycemore School’s motto, fortis et prudens simul,  which is Latin for “strength and careful judgment together”, goes back to Roycemore’s beginnings.  The motto actually came from the Royce family, from which Roycemore’s name originates, and this motto is as relevant for us today as it was back in 1915. Let’s first consider what it means to be “strong.” When one thinks of the word “strong,” it can be thought of...
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Grow Up!

“Growing up doesn’t stop until you reach your final resting place.”  -Viola Davis, from her speech at the NAIS Annual Conference, Long Beach, March 5, 2019 Thousands of independent school teachers, administrators, and board members were packed into the convention center at the NAIS Annual Conference last March to hear the opening speaker, Anderson Cooper, but they were surprised to learn of a last-minute conflict that left them with actress...
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