Month: December 2018


Influencing My Heart, My Mind, My Soul – The Best of 2018

2018 has been a wonderful year of learning, connecting, growing, and being inspired by the many great educators who I am blessed to work with. Thank you to everyone that I get to work with on a daily basis, through professional organizations such as CUE, ACSA, Future Ready/Alliance for Excellent Education and EIAK12. As the year draws to a close, here are the books, movies, and music that made me think, brought me inspiration, peace of mind, or that I just simply enjoyed. A few of these I just keep rereading as they sit by my bed or by my favorite chair in the living room. They weren’t all released during 2018. They are simply the books, movies, and music that found their way into my heart, my soul, and my intellect this past year.

Pile of Books

Favorite Books:

*Becoming by Michelle Obama

*The Time of Our Lives by Peggy Noonan

*Little Dreamers – Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison and recommended to me by a wonderful 3rd grade student.

*GMorning GNight by Lin-Manuel Miranda

*The Leadership Lessons of Jesus by Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard

*Wit and Wisdom from the Yoga Mat by Rachel Scott

*You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job -Workman Publishing New York

*The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

*The Right Kind of Crazy by Adam Steltzner

*Transforming School Libraries by Ron Starker

*Mindset by Carol Dweck

*The Art of War by Sun Tzu

*How Great Leaders Think by Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal

*The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

*Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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Favorite Movies:

Mowgli – Legend of the Jungle

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Incredibles 2

Black Panther


Looking Forward to Watching:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

If Beale St. Could Talk

Eighth Grade

First Man


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Favorite Songs

Blame it On Me by George Ezra

Budapest by George Ezra

Catch My Disease by Ben Lee

Lost in My Mind by The Head and the Heart

Home by Phillip Phillips

Wish I Knew You by the Revivalists

What Are We Waiting For by Leslie Odom, Jr.

I Can See Clearly Now by Jimmy Cliff

Hey, Hey, Hey by Michael Franti Spearhead

The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti and Spearhead

Island Style by John Cruz

Island in the Sun by Shwayze and Cisco

Simple by Florida Georgia Line