11 09, 2018

We are All Transformers

2018-09-11T19:51:17+00:00September 11th, 2018|Education, financial security, fitness, Great Wall Half Marathon, health, Life Lessons, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, transformations, Uncategorized, Women|

I still don't know if this is the greatest word for it, but I'm a transformer.  No, not the one you're thinking of, but to move from one form of something to another, to make that transition, is to transform, right?  It's more than just a transition, and it's beyond simple change.  When we transform, we are still "us", but [...]

10 01, 2018

Finding My Family Tree

2018-01-10T03:16:16+00:00January 10th, 2018|Education, Faith, Family History, Family Tree, Wise Parents|

In my husband’s hometown, deep within China’s countryside, there is an old man who holds a very special book. This book cannot be borrowed, even for a day, and cannot be taken out of his home.  It is the book which holds the genealogy---the family tree---for the Qian family dating back to the dynasties.  Our children’s names have now been [...]

21 03, 2017

Instilling Leadership Skills in Kids

2018-01-10T03:05:18+00:00March 21st, 2017|China, Education, Third Grade Teacher, Wise Parents|

As an educator and parent, I have learned that there are several ways to cultivate true leaders as we influence children.  Let me share 3 practical principles to consider as we shape the leaders of tomorrow. It is important to recognize that there are many kinds of leaders.  There are extroverted, charismatic leaders, whom we might first imagine when thinking [...]

16 03, 2017

Student-Led Conferences

2017-03-16T04:13:12+00:00March 16th, 2017|China, Education, International Education, Student-Led Conferences, Third Grade Teacher|

As a teacher, one of my favorite days of the year is Student-Led Conference Day.  I have the opportunity to watch my students interact with their parents, guiding them through the important third grade work they've done so far this year. They share their ups, their downs, their favorite pieces of work, and the things that were difficult for them.  [...]