356_5610585af0_m-150×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ />Up until now, I’ve still been in summer down-mode. I’ve been recharging and relaxing. It was necessary as my 2011-2012 school year ended as tumultuously as they come, but luckily? I work in education!

We’re about to begin a new year. The 2012-2013 school year. All those “tumultuous” things are in the past. All those “new” test concerns are over. All those “new” families we didn’t know are now old friends. We’ve got a blank slate in which to start again. I truly don’t know how people in the corporate world make it! I love that my life revolves around a new beginning every August. It’s a chance to learn from our mistakes, from our experiences, and a NEW opportunity to touch children’s lives.

Right now? You’re undefeated. You’ve got a whole new year to work with. You could have new staff members. New schedules. New policies. New routines. New little faces. NEW opportunities. Take advantage of being undefeated.

Undefeated teams are confident in their skill and their passion. They have an unmatched work ethic. As the leader of an undefeated team, you are the prime example of that amazing work ethic.Your actions and behaviors are contagious. Leaders also have insatiable morale. This doesn’t mean just leading the team chant or keeping a smile on your face when the team is down by 10. Morale can be heard in the voice of a player who is determined not to give up. Morale is a cheerful, vigorous and passionate attitude that a leader brings everyday. Never underestimate what that attitude brings to a team.

I so am excited about my PLN and the chance to write for this blog. Not because I need something else to do but because I know an undefeated team requires smart players. A player that reads, attends camps, watches videos, practices and trains specific to his sport. It is this passion and focus even in the off-season, which elevates your game. A leader works tirelessly to improve his skill and the skill of his teammates. My PLN challenges me to be that kind of player.

I hope that you have a GREAT start to your school year and that you let go of anything that may have happened last year. It’s a new season. It’s a fresh start. Right now…you’re undefeated!




  1. Chas Miller said:

    Excellent analogy, Amber! I’ve printed this post and put it on the wall next to my desk…what a great reminder to get us through the opening of school.

    August 7, 2012
    • Awesome, Chas! Hope you have a FABULOUS start!

      August 7, 2012
  2. Danette Morton said:

    Thank you, Amber. I’m sharing this with my leadership team. I believe you’re suggesting that defeat and winning are mindsets. Therefore, I’m going for an undefeated season!

    August 7, 2012
  3. Faige Meller said:

    What an inspiring way to start the school year. Will refer to it as I interact and engage with the various constituents that make up my school community.. UNDFEATED and ready to teach my kindergarten kids. Have a few more weeks of summer before I start.

    August 8, 2012
    • awww, bless your kinder teacher heart! 🙂 Hope you have aGREAT start!

      August 8, 2012
  4. Lori Ferguson said:

    I love it. What a great message for the start of the year and a reminder that we hold a new hand of cards every school year and always a chance to rummy. You said it well.

    August 8, 2012
    • haha! May the deck be stacked in your favor, 🙂

      August 8, 2012
  5. Vito Quaglia said:

    Outstanding. The renewal factor is one of the best perks of working in education. Regardless of your previous successes or failures, each year is a blank slate. You’re only as good as your next game…

    August 15, 2012

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