Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reflections and #OneWord 2017

Welcome 2017!  I have never really been one for New Year resolutions, and although the #OneWord idea intrigued me, nothing really stuck out at me and I figured I'd just sit this one out.  After I'd made that decision, though, a word kept sneaking up on me...

But first, some reflection...

I know, I'm holding you in suspense!  This word is really grown out of my previous year, and I think it's important to take the time to look back and reflect on where I have been.  At this time last year, I was so stressed out.  Certain things about the way my district & school were heading did not line up with what I believe educationally, and I felt like I was in a constant fight to protect what I believe is best for kids.  That wore me down, and despite my attempts to stay positive and enthusiastic, I felt like I was heading into the lion's den each day.

The year went on, and things started to get better.  Certain ideas in my district began turning around, and I caught a breath of fresh air.  I got accepted to my principal preparation program, which started this summer.  I also joined Twitter and got involved in several amazing communities of educators!  It was exactly the rejuvenation I needed, and this fall was one of the best semesters of my teaching career!

And now, my #OneWord...

I have always loved teaching, loved connecting, and loved learning from other people, but tend to stay in the background and play a supporting role.  Starting this blog was a big step for me - putting my thoughts out there, without knowing who might read them?  I've grown more confident in my ability to share, although it is still not the easiest thing for me.  This next year, for 2017, my #OneWord is:


In so many ways, I have been stepping into more and more leadership roles, and while it's scary, I am determined to try to lead well!
  • I want to lead out in loving those around me - kids and adults!
  • I want to be a lead encourager and recognize when I see others doing great things.
  • I want to lead by asking the tough questions and being brave enough to challenge assumptions when needed.
  • I want to lead in the way that I spend my time at school AND my time at home (balance)!
  • I want to lead in the way I spend time in prayer, in peace, and in quiet to keep me centered as I go about my days.
  • I want to grow more confident in the way I lead when talking to adults, through presentations, PD, and other opportunities.
  • I want to lead a life worth following.  Not because I'm perfect or because everyone has to be like me, but because people watch what you say and what you do, and I want my life to be consistent with my message.
Leader.  In many ways, it's out of my comfort zone, and it makes me nervous to put this out there because I know that means accountability!  But I also know that this is what I am being called to, and it will be worth it!  Thank you, everyone who has encouraged me to step up and step out - I'm excited to see what this year brings!


  1. Aubrey, this is a perfect word for you. And you are absolutely right, there's always someone watching, especially our students. I can you up on your podium directing your music students. At that moment, you are full of confidence. That's the confidence that makes you a great leader. #LeadOnIn2017

  2. Just love this Aubrey. I have no doubt that you will be an inspiration to all those whose lives you touch in the year ahead.

  3. Aubrey, I think you need to print this out now and put it up at school... When I decided to do more leading, I had to "fake it till you make it." It works! BE the person you strive to be. You can do this. Thank you for sharing!! Here's to 2017!

  4. Aubrey, I love this reflection! When I think of the word Lead, I think of the person in charge, but you have reminded me there are many other aspects. I love your reflection on giving encouragement and leading your day. This is definitely something I need to focus on in 2017. Thank you for sharing your journey and best of luck in 2017!

  5. Aubrey, you're amazing! I love that you are always transparent, and an excellent example. You're going to do incredible things in 2017!

  6. By stepping out of your comfort zone to lead you will have an amazing year of personal and professional growth. It is so great to see educators like yourself take that leap to be leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities. It is is teachers like you that make a huge difference! Kudos!