A Living Hero and a Sense of Wonder

Elizabeth Eckford

Have you ever heard the story of Elizabeth Eckford?

If not, you may have seen her iconic photo in your high school history book bearing the brunt of extreme racism and fear. Elizabeth was one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of brave students who stepped across the color barrier into an all-white high school in 1957.

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What Kind of Smart Are You?

“Would you rather build a model airplane or sing a song?”

“Would you rather perform in a play or take a walk in the forest?”

“Would you rather solve a puzzle or write in your journal?”

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My One Thing

During a recent camping trip, I had the opportunity to spend several nights in a tent on the beach, reflecting. I was reading a book on connectivity in which the author had challenged readers to find the one thing in life that is most important. Also in the book was the following Leonardo Da Vinci quote: “Fix your course to a star and you can navigate through any storm.”     Read more »

Learning Through Living


My family was fortunate enough to grow up near several lakes in the woods in Michigan. As a child, I spent much of my free time with my brother building forts, catching frogs, riding bikes, diving for fishing lures, and playing in imaginary lands. This childhood playground of the mind established my learning style at an early age. And although experiential learning was always my mode of choice, those early adventures helped me in the classroom as well. Read more »

The Transformative Power of Teachers

The Transformative Power of Teachers. Sand Hill School at CHC

It’s not hard for me to understand the impact of a Sand Hill education. All I have to do is think back to my school days to realize how much I would have benefited from a school like Sand Hill. Read more »

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