Author Archive for Bill Carozza

Bill is currently Principal of Harold Martin Elementary School in Hopkinton, NH where he loves playing guitar for students, wearing crazy ties, and supporting authentic teaching and learning. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at New England College in areas of curriculum and instruction and holds two graduate degrees in education from the University of New Hampshire. Bill is currently President-Elect of the New Hampshire chapter of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (NHASCD). He and his wife Marie have three children and they enjoy the rural New England life. You can read more of Bill’s musings at his blog Principal Reflections http://billcarozza.com and on Twitter http://twitter.com/wcarozza

We All Need To Relax

It has been a few rough weeks for me, some of the toughest I’ve faced in a while. There’s nothing on paper to explain this. My wife and kids are doing great. My oldest son is ready to move out…

I Need A Snow Day!

While I love my job, like many of you, the paperwork and to-do list gets a bit heavy at times. I share the credo with cheap viagra many of my Principal friends that a school leader really shouldn’t use school…

Lincoln the Leader

I have been fascinated by Lincoln since middle school when I became interested in his last days and specifically the controversy surrounding his assassination. (Did you know there’s revisionist historians who believe that his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was…

Slowing Down

I am by nature, a bit driven. I tend to move fast, talk fast and relaxing has never been a forte. When I begin a staff meeting, record podcasts, or present in front of an audience, I often place a…

15 Tips for the New Principal

This is the season of new beginnings. Administrators search for novel ways to inspire their staffs and balance exciting initiatives and necessary mandates into a vision that will move a faculty. But for many educators, it is their first taste…

Lessons from Jeremy Lin

I have to admit it. I am still reeling from the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss. But there is a sports story rising up very quickly from the same city that spawned the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, fortunately distracting…

The Lens of Leadership

I regularly view the world through a lens of leadership. In the sports arena I observe coaches and general managers, evaluating their decisions and styles. In the political world, I ask, “Are the candidates getting their message out? Are they…

Revisiting Joplin

I really can’t explain it, but tornados have been following me around for a lifetime. It began with my father in the middle of the famous Worcester Tornado. He happened to be driving in the city on June 9, 1953, when…

The Third Chapter

I always thought I had a lifetime left. Very soon I turn a half century old and while I could not be more thankful for the blessings in my life, my thinking shifts to what’s next and what’s left. In…

Jazz vs. Classical

My colleagues are probably tired of my tired metaphors. I try very hard not to speak in cliche, but often simple one-liners say exactly what I want to say. For example, I love to employ the phrase marco vs. micro…

My Mentor, Colleague, and Friend

Memories flood back at the most interesting and unpredictable times. Last Sunday I was heading through security at the airport on the way to Washington D.C. for ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy. After pulling my shoes off and pitching…

The Gift

Occassionally, a gift drops in a Principal’s lap. Last spring I received a call from a parent who had been checking out local playgrounds and with no maliciousness whatsoever, he stated that his family felt that the Harold Martin School…

My Favorite Vet

I have a natural affinity for anything with knobs, buttons, keys, screens, speakers, and sliders, which began at 13 when I earned my ham radio license. My father, an electrical engineer, passed on his love for technology to me through…