Four years as SVHS Principal is all I need…

Four years is all I need Four years to prove that student-centered learning is what it’s all about. I’m using the Rahm Emanuel/Arnie Duncan model from Chicago. From crap to well, better. Progress not perfection. Four years to completely turn SVHS around. And it won’t be pretty, think Balboa High [...]

By | March 15th, 2018|14 Comments

Feed the Monkey Sugar – Why Teachers Don’t Ski Austria

 Part 1, The beginning of the story.   When one starts going back, one realizes one must go further then further then further cause that’s what life is-a bunch of interlocked blocks, together making a house or a big pile of messy blocks depending on how your life turns out. [...]

By | March 12th, 2018|4 Comments

Celebrate the Joyces in your life

Let’s go with Resting Bro Face (my student Amanda just suggested, Resting Angry Walter Face) instead of that other RBF acronym. I can see my reflection in the screen of my laptop and it’s not pretty. Paradise is a little tainted these days, immigration, gun reform, school district mayhem, and [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|2 Comments

Life is an adventure. Live accordingly – I am heading to Austria

The ants, I vividly still remember the ants. My buddies had taken their shirts off thinking that would improve the chances of me going into shock. 11:00 at night and the four of them were propping me up on an ant-filled grassy knoll in Salzburg Austria. We had just left [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Arming teachers or not

The turret was a little much but why not? The NRA and department of defense had already funded glock 19s for each teacher plus AKs for the school entrance and principals office but I wanted to be really extra safe so I installed the turret. There is an elevator in [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|2 Comments

Grab the Pitchforks and Storm the Castle Walls

  What if the government shuts down and nobody notices? What if it’s all smoke and mirrors run by a secret group of five rich white guys who meet once a month and decide things like what the stock market will do, the price of bitcoin, and funding for wars [...]

By | January 18th, 2018|6 Comments

Down Goes Frasier

“Down goes Frasier.”   This is a favorite line of my brother in law who admittedly suffers from OCMAD (Obsessive-Compulsive-Muhammad-Ali-Disorder). It is also unfortunately, the one thing I am thinking as I grab at the stall door pulling myself up from the cold tile floor of the boy’s bathroom.   [...]

By | January 13th, 2018|4 Comments

Pocket Points and Kinship in the New Year

    It’s day four of the Uniqlo Dry Stretch Grey Sweatpants and I’m feeling pretty grateful. Yeah four days in the same clothes is kinda gross, but man, are these great pants: thick but not baggy, no branding, fitted cuffs, zippered pockets, I was underwhelmed when Tuck bought them [...]

By | January 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

E-Money is so money

  Wanna put the fun back in the holidays? Sure Tax plans and North Korea and Trump and today’s government shutdown are important but no where near as important as what is happening tonight at Burgers and Vine at 10:00.   “That kid who used to rap at the homecoming [...]

By | December 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Walk the walk

    Popular, outcast, nerds, Hispanics, Caucasians, confident, nervous, geeks, winners: look at the girls in the photo. They are the picture of diversity; they are exactly what high school should be about. Strangers at the beginning of the season, friends at the end. Overcoming obstacles together, unified in a [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|0 Comments