Author Archive for dkerr

I'm the Intermediate School Principal (Grades 3-8) of Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador. I'm passionate about relationship building, student learning, and inspiring community and culture. Education is my passion and I blog weekly for my faculty hoping to inspire sustainable change, and to help sharpen my saw so to speak. I also blog weekly for The International Educator (TIE) online magazine. Check out the following links www.mondaymusings.org and www.tieonline.com

It’s About Time…

So lately I have been thinking a lot about time, and more specifically about how we can effectively use the hours that we have to successfully embed all the wonderful initiatives that will move us forward as a school. Last…

Here We Go Again…

I absolutely love the start of a new school year! I’m not sure that there is anything more beautiful than watching our kids spill off of the buses, or walk through the front gates of the school ready to get…

Naga Naga Naga!

So the world woke up on Friday morning to the news that Neil Bantleman and Ferdi Tjiong had finally been released from prison…and what a day it was! After almost 400 days in jail for a crime that they clearly…

Be Better…

So here we are finally, with the end of the year at our fingertips, and the final week ready to begin. I think it’s an understatement to say that we’re all ready to take a break and to head off…

Finishing Strong…

So here we are, with less than a month to go before we head off for the summer holiday. I often marvel at how fast a school year goes by, and in many ways it seems like just yesterday that…

Language has Power…

So I had two experiences this past week that made me really think about how much power there is in the language that we use with others. These experiences have made me reflect deeply on how I have been using…

The Heart and Soul of a School…

So I had a great conversation last week with our new incoming High School Principal about the best parts about working here at Academia Cotopaxi….he wanted to know what made our school special from my perspective as a new member…

Call to Action…

So just over a week ago I returned from the Innovate 2015 conference held at Graded in Sao Paolo, Brazil…and what a conference it was. I want to start this post by thanking Lee Fertig and his team for putting…

Opening Doors…

So just over a week ago I stumbled across a video that was both beautiful and inspiring. I hardly ever share a link on my Facebook page, but there was something about this particular story that compelled me to not…

Climbing Mountains…

So a few weeks ago during our holiday vacation I climbed a really, really big mountain. Since I now live in a region that allows me plenty of opportunity and choice to do so, I figured I’d tackle one of…

Let the Colors Shine!

So this week I want to talk all about giving thanks, and being grateful, and taking the time to slow down in our pursuit of educational happiness to simply embrace being happy…we work so hard as quality educators and as…

Whose Child Is This?

So last week we had our first quarter parent-teacher conferences, and it was incredibly fulfilling to see and hear these partnerships working together to support our kids. There were so many meaningful conversations happening all over the school, each revolving…

True Heroes!

So this past week I held a leadership assembly for our beautiful Middle School students as part of our Blue Sky Monday initiative. We talked about the power of empathy, a culture of kindness, the role and opportunity of bystanders,…

A Global University

So if you’ve been following any of my previous posts over the past few weeks, you know that we’ve been interviewing several outstanding educational leaders to be our next High School Principal. The process has been inspiring in many ways…

What I Know About Kids…

So I was speaking with a young, prospective teacher the other day about his future in education, and at the end of our conversation he asked me a really good question…a question that I had to stop and think about…

You Are The Weather!

So there’s this little girl that I know who might just be the happiest person that I have ever met. I fortunately get to see her every morning, and her contagious warmth, smile, and attitude brightens my mood without fail,…

School as a Fairy Tale

So for those of you who have seen me over the past few weeks, you know that I’ve been pretty excited. Not only about the year that we’ve just begun, but about the journey that we’ve embarked on as a…

New Beginnings

So this past Friday I had the opportunity to meet dozens of new students and their families who have just recently arrived new from all over the world to our amazing school, and it got me thinking about new beginnings.…

Oh to be a Teacher…

So I went for a run yesterday through a park close to where I live. It was a gorgeous summer-like day, and it felt like the entire neighborhood was out enjoying the sunshine…families having picnics, people fishing in the pond,…