Author Archive for Justin Tarte

Justin Tarte is the Director of Curriculum & Personnel in the Union R-XI School District in Union, Missouri. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal at Poplar Bluff Junior High School in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, & before that he taught German at Seckman High School in the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Missouri. He has been to Germany 6 times & has traveled throughout much of Europe. Justin is passionate about social media and technology and works to integrate it into classrooms and teachers’ professional development. He uses these tools to collaborate with educators while also blogging about his experiences and reflections at “Life of an Educator.” Justin is married to his high school sweetheart, Gina, and they have a yellow lab named Maddy. You can follow Justin on Twitter @justintarte.

Leave a legacy

I think it's human nature to wonder what people think about us. In fact, I would say at times we spend way too much time wondering what people will think as a result of something we said or did. Consequently,…

It’s called leadership…

Let’s be honest with each other for a moment. Let’s take back all the fake smiles and friendly little emails. Let’s tell all the cute puppies to go home and cast aside all the colorful rainbows… Sometimes people just don’t…

10 things I've learned about leadership

where to buy steroids div style=”text-align: left;” dir=”ltr”> I just recently finished my first semester as the Director of Curriculum and Personnel in the Union R-XI School District in St. Louis, Missouri. The transition from a building level administrator to…

Shifting the Monkey

I just recently finished reading Todd Whitaker’s newest book, “Shifting the Monkey: The art of protecting good people from liars, criers, and other slackers.” For the record, I am a big fan of Todd and his work. He is also a pretty…

Seeing eye to eye

Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a great discussion with one of the teachers at my school. We started this conversation during his conference period, and the discussion continued for about an hour after school ended. Our discussion covered…

My thoughts on homework…

I recently wrote a blog post titled “5 conversations to improve your school right now!” The 5 topics I recommend each school to discuss are: 1) – Homework in schools 2) – Cell phones and technology in schools 3) –…

The value of a PLN

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to Skype with Dwight Carter’s administrative team, and I must admit that they definitely didn’t disappoint! I have been following Dwight’s blog and twitter feed for about a year now, and I very much so appreciate…