CLOVIS EAST - Nothin' But Love

A monumental time in my life was when I was the founding principal of Clovis East High School. It was an all-consuming project that was great, awful, prideful, painful, etc., all at the same time. What made me proud, though, was how quickly our students and staff embraced our culture and built a sense of pride in our community. We had our share of challenges, but enjoyed some big successes along the way that mobilized Timberwolf Nation. None were bigger than our championship football team that was considered one of the valley, state, and nation's elite programs. Lately, that proud group fell on hard times and has had a series of coaches and teams who have struggled. They brought in a ne

Deja Vu - I've Seen This Before

In my journey to Oregon, I came upon Mountainside High School in Beaverton. It was a brand new school in its inaugural year and it felt very familiar. I lead a similar project in 1999-2000 and know the rewards and challenges of this type of endeavor. I met members of their staff early in the year and was very excited when they asked me to share some experiences with their students, staff, and administration. Not gonna lie, the facility was spectacular and I could tell from the first minute I got there that this was a special group on a mission. I spent a full day meeting with students and their level of buy-in was off the charts. With only freshmen and sophomores, they are responsible f