12 Days

With Thanksgiving falling late in November, December is already blurry. I know it just started, but there are only 12 days until winter break. Yes that’s it, less than three weeks until winter break.

As an administrator, we see the holidays a bit differently. Although the days are literally shorter; they are also more intense. Parents are requesting more meetings, scholars are acting out, patience is wearing thin, deadlines are quickly approaching and the days are quickly slipping away.

My heart races because we only have 12 days. Where did the year go? I barely remember what happened last week and now I have 12 days to finish 2019. Wait, it just hit me, and now I have 12 days to finish 2019. It’s not over! I still have 12 days. How can I make these 12 days count? Recently, I read a blog by Stories from School AZ blogger Elizabeth Schley, Spreading Kindness. Take a minute to check it out. 

In our role as educators, we face adversity and challenges every day and in every direction. How often do you let things out of your circle of control consume your thoughts, drive your actions and ruin your mood? I’ll admit it, I get pulled in and allow things outside my circle to dominate my thoughts and actions. Maybe you are just pushing through the next 12 days. Maybe you have already thrown in the towel. Maybe you’re already planning for 2020. I invite you to pause and rethink the next 12 days.


Okay are you ready? I am challenging you. Are you in? Make the next 12 days count. Finish 2019 strong. Tell the people who are important to you or who have helped you, how you feel. Make their day. Find something you admire about your scholars, their parents, and your co workers – tell them!



Jen Robinson

Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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