February 2017

3 Reasons Why Mattering Is the Agenda, or Should Be!

By |February 20th, 2017|


WHY MAKE MATTERING THE AGENDA in your workplace, school and local community?  This is like asking, why breathe air, drink water and eat food? Once the […]

Explaining Personal Branding to Students

By |February 7th, 2017|


You are a brand, this is not something many of us as adults understand, because of that it is most likely a conversation we are not having with our students but need to have! This […]

January 2017

Genius Matters: 30 Lessons That Liberate Genius #choose2matter

By |January 24th, 2017|


I have spent my whole career in the presence of genius; surrounded by teachers, leaders and students. Nothing excites me more than seeing someone fiercely own their genius after realizing the world needs their particular […]

December 2016

Ask Your Kids, “What is a Genius?”

By |December 7th, 2016|


What is a Genius? We ask students this all the time. Their responses are very simple at first, but once they dig in, they come up with some profound ideas. What happens when parents have […]

Every Workplace Needs a YOU MATTER Cart

By |December 1st, 2016|


A few weeks ago, Darcy Neymeyer, a school counselor at Villas Elementary in Fort Myers, Florida, shared photos of their novel concept: a “You Matter Cart.” Stacked with recently donated foods and drinks to be […]

November 2016

Reflecting on Thankfulness: A Teacher’s Story

By |November 21st, 2016|

So often we are faced with unusual circumstances in life and we have to dig deep down and ask ourselves: when overcome with adversity, how do I determine what matters to me? Who in my […]

July 2016

Choosing to Celebrate Life on the Anniversary of Death

By |July 31st, 2016|

There are days we celebrate, that we remember to remember, to cherish and to be grateful for. Today, I will remember, cherish and be grateful, even though […]

Staples Does “Less” Best for Back-to-School

By |July 12th, 2016|

A year ago, I partnered with Staples to highlight its “Designed By Students” collection of school supplies. The classroom teacher in me got […]

June 2016

Five Years Later, It’s Clearer Than Ever: We Need to Know We Matter

By |June 26th, 2016|

“I left for the conference feeling pretty burned out and dissatisfied with my work. The night before you spoke, I had decided that I wasn’t going to attend […]

How to Make This Summer Matter

By |June 26th, 2016|

For many, summer is a time for relaxing, refreshing and recharging. No matter what they do for a living, most people take vacations, long weekends, end the work day early, etc. in the summer time.

However, […]