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Tribute to My Coach & Teacher

January 17, 2019

Happy New Year! ‘Tis the season for reflection and reevaluation. It’s the perfect season to share a story about a very special person in my life… “My Dear Rob” Several years ago, after my husband, Brian, left his teaching career to support SOAR full-time, we were really out of sync. Completely out of sync. After…

Working in Pairs; the Most Powerful Productivity Tool Ever!

March 17, 2015

I shared before that I hit a patch of serious “burn-out” last summer. Writing became paralyzing; it was a miserable process. As a result, Brian (president of SOAR® and my husband) began to write the weekly newsletter. Soon, Jessie, our summer intern, jumped in to help him. They did a great job, but they too,…

We Are Sideline Grievers: Honoring the Angels and Heroes Newtown, CT

December 20, 2012

I bet every one of us has hugged our children a bit more often…and a bit tighter…since last week’s horrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary.  We are all struggling to come to terms with what happened. I’ve been quite sick for the past few days, so I apologize for this delayed newsletter.  However, my mind…

Learning from Tragedy: Honoring Kenley’s Spirit

July 2, 2012

NOTE: I first wrote this two weeks ago, but needed some time to collect my thoughts and thoroughly review it before sharing. This is a tough story and includes my personal journey for making sense of tragedy, including a few spiritual thoughts and beliefs. There is a powerful message here for all parents and educators.…

One Small Step for SOAR®, One Giant Leap for Study Skills

January 9, 2012

It represents countless hours of dedication and energy from the people on our crew who share my passion for study skills and the horizons they can open for students. Drum roll, please… I am thrilled to announce our new, easy to find, home on the web…! Today’s celebration is not just about our new…

Thanksgiving Tribute to Parents and Teachers

November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, this week’s newsletter is a tribute to parents and teachers. I have shared many details about struggles we have had to help my son over the past several months, including a shocking situation that caused us to pull him from his school abruptly last spring. We…

SOAR Is in the News!

September 20, 2011

I’m from the Detroit area and our local economy, like many others, has been hit hard lately. People from the Motor City are working hard to re-innovate themselves and the community. It’s an energizing time to be a part of this town (especially now that our baseball team has just clinched the American League Central…

Day 30 – What Should I Talk About On the Last Day?

August 3, 2011

For a while, I didn’t think this day could come soon enough…the LAST day of 30-in-30! Now, I find that I have a whole slew of ideas, topics, and technologies I could dig further into. And, I will…eventually. For now, I need a break. 🙂 I want to thank you, whole-heartedly, for sharing time out…

You’re From Detroit???

August 3, 2011

Yesterday, I took a walk down memory lane, visiting a special store called The Detroit Shoppe. I was inspired to share some thoughts about what makes me proud to be from Detroit. I was chaperoning a field trip with my husband’s marketing class to a local shopping center that is a national attraction, Somerset Collection.…

Tribute to a Special Friend with Terminal Cancer

August 3, 2011

Last week, my dad shared a story that really touched me and has been on my mind for a few days, so I thought I would share it with you. Dad had just returned from a two-week trip to his hometown of Eau Claire, WI. While there, he visited with Gerrie, a former classmate that…

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