Head's Blog

  • Raising Grittier Children

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Exciting work is being done by scientists and researchers regarding child development. At the heart of this new way of thinking is the idea that children are most successful when they possess seven character strengths; these skills have been shown to be the best predictors of a child’s success: self-control, optimism, gratitude, curiosity, social intelligence, zest, and grit. "Grit” appears to be among the most important and is of particular interest to me.

  • Responding To Tragedy

    Posted April 16, 2013

    In the wake of the bombing, Bostonians felt empowered to come together as a community, and that, I suggest, is how we can begin to make sense of this tragedy.

  • Keeping Our Students Safe

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Every few years, our school conducts a market research survey to better understand what parents seek in their selection of a school for their children. In each and every survey, “safety” appears near or at the top of the list. This is understandable, given all that we read about violence in schools – from bullying and harassment to school shootings. In the first two years of my tenure at SPS, I’ve paid a lot of attention to campus safety.

  • Women in Leadership Roles: Fact or Fiction?

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Looking at the speakers at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, it's easy to get the sense that our nation's leaders are more diverse than ever. The conventions give the political parties a chance to showcase some extraordinary women, as they seek to demonstrate gender diversity and appeal to female voters.

  • Making Their (Own) Oatmeal: Raising Successful Kids

    Posted August 8, 2012

    As parents, it’s natural for us to want to make things easy for our kids, and we frequently find ourselves “helping” by doing things for our children – things that they can, and should, do for themselves.

  • Preparing Students for Success in the 21st Century

    Posted June 29, 2012

    “Our curriculum is both classical and progressive, for we hold that a society must be rooted in the past while it anticipates the future.” These words were written by Sandia Prep’s founding Headmaster, Rev. Paul G. Saunders, in a letter to prospective parents at the time of the School’s founding in 1966. While there is often a distinction made between "progressive" schools and "prep" schools, Sandia Prep has always aspired to be both.

  • College Costs, Curriculum... and Radical Changes

    Posted May 21, 2012

    ... In the mid-1990s, I had a conversation with a cousin of mine. Each of us had recently had our first child, and we started talking about the importance of saving for college. I remember her telling me that the current financial model wasn’t sustainable, and she predicted that college and the financing of college would be radically different when our sons were 18 years old...

  • Time To Process, Reflect and Consider

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Each year at Spring Break, I am reminded of the importance of finding time for reflection. I continue to come to work each day, but the nature of my days change. With few meetings and no student activities to fill my day, I have time to think strategically about the future of Sandia Prep.

  • What makes a great teacher?

    Posted February 21, 2012

    This is the time of year during which I spend a lot of time on faculty recruitment. There’s no question that it’s the faculty, more than anything, that makes our school outstanding. But the selection of outstanding faculty members is a complex and difficult task.

  • Is the hard-copy textbook an endangered species?

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Many of my friends, colleagues and students use eBooks pretty extensively. While I don’t own a dedicated eReader, I increasingly read on my iPad, especially when I travel...

  • Welcome to our new website

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Why is the roll-out of a new website so exciting? For those of us who have been actively involved in its development, it represents the culmination...