What They Say

I have been collecting tweets, emails, reviews, love notes, thank you notes, and blog posts regarding some of the work that I have done with organizations and within my own school. This is the collaborative "reference letter" of some of my work.
  What Say They?

What those darn adorable kids are saying
Former Students Turned Educators: 
(Because, c'mon, like isn't that like the BEST reference EVER!?)

Now, Mrs. Natalie Pretzello is now a successful Band Director at a school down the street from MHMS! 

I was fortunate to teach this wonderful educator from 1st grade to 5th grade at Guilford Elementary School, then later she became a Technology Teacher in our school district and now she is an Administrator! #OMGoshSoProud! 

Reviews on Rate My Teacher 

(Whew! I'm really lucky the kids seem to like me! Because, this is why it's good to start your own positive digital footprint, you don't want RMT to be the only voice out there about your professional reputation) 

Notes from Kids 

(This is why it's really good to keep a digital & real folder,

*Meaning of “They say!
What say they? Let them say.”
 "What say they" comes from my long time adoration of one of the most famous Victorian social and artistic personalities. Lillie Langtry was "professional beauty", wit, actress, and yes, the mistress to the Prince Wales. As a young teen I watched every Masterpiece Theatre and Lillie was one of my favorites. (It's also the show that made me start reading Oscar Wilde at age 13!)  Lillie also had a mad sense of style and was a magnet to the artistic and literary lights of the time.

Other famous Lily quotes: 
Anyone's life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit. 

I do not regret one moment of my life. 

Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead.

From English Language & Usage: The phrase "is attributed to a carved mantelpiece or stained glass saying in her home but also dates as far back as 1700 Scotland. ""The unusual syntax may be attributed to an origin in Renaissance Scots; it appears to have been originally the motto of Marischal College in Aberdeen, founded by the Earl Marischal of Scotland George Keith in 1593. A number of internet sources cite the oldest version as THAI HAIF SAID : QUHAT SAY THAY : LAT THAME SAY. But the earliest actual citation I have found is from 1824, in one of John MacCulloch's 'letters' to Walter Scott in The Highlands and Western Isles.... There are several posts in Notes & Queries claiming classical precedents, Latin (Aiunt. Quid aiunt? Aiant.) and Greek (λέγουσιν ἄ θέγουσιν λεγέτωσαν), and Keith was said to be a fine scholar in these languages."

I use it here because I am admittedly a geek and a goofball. 

Which I have turned around to this......

PS. I also got this great idea of a "references" page from the inspiring Admin, George Couros - The Principal of Change. I met him one when I was speaking in Australia, he was pretty much made of amazing.


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