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About sbaier2014

Recently retired Principal of Holy Spirit Catholic Schools, a regional school division in Southern Alberta. Had a wonderfully challenging career!

Looking Into Leadership:Creating a Home

I am very fortunate to be able to sing in our church choir, something which I really enjoy, even though I may not be opera voice quality. It’s fun to sing with a group and be a part of music … Continue reading

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Looking Into Leadership 2 – Power, Pressure and the Leader’s Voice

Over the last number of years, my husband and I along with our friends have enjoyed annual summer motorbike trips to the US. Perhaps because we are on Harleys there seems this curiosity of American citizens to see what we … Continue reading

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Looking into Leadership…Warts and All

Looking into Leadership….Know yourself, warts and all As a young teacher, I was often simultaneously overwhelmed by the responsibility of teaching and overjoyed at the prospect of unlimited potential for creativity, challenge and fun in my classroom each day. And … Continue reading

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The Feast That Nourishes Us All

I always feel blessed that I’ve had the opportunity in my school career to work with many kind and devoted teaching assistants. I know these fine people can feel under -appreciated, but they are truly invaluable! As Lent began this … Continue reading

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Courageous Leadership…Read the Whole Book

How does the commitment of a teacher to stay current in classroom teaching practices translate to school leadership? Why use precious and scarce time out of school to read more than catchy phrases and quick paragraphs on social media? Who … Continue reading

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Psst….Your Leadership Skills are Showing….

In most schools in Southern Alberta, student teachers from our local university come and go quite regularly. I’m sure they all hope to be memorable, but the truth is, after so many of them come through, they kind of blend … Continue reading

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The Things We Never Think We Have To Do….Are The Things We Must

There are likely many careers in which a person knows exactly what each day will bring but teaching is nothing like that. It’s a career in motion and, though it moves at different speeds, it is always full of surprising … Continue reading

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Being Alone Together

I once taught a Grade 5 class where the boys were truly obsessed with playing their own brand of field hockey. They would count the seconds until the recess bell rang, grab their hockey sticks and head outside almost before … Continue reading

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A Gift Hug

I figure that, over 31 years, I’ve been blessed with being in the lives of, well, let’s just say – lots – of students. And plenty of those have families of their own now, so when I can’t quite place … Continue reading

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What Makes a Person Special?

What makes a person special? Our faith in God assures us that since we were all made in His image, we must be pretty blessed. But all of us  know someone who is particularly special: perhaps a family member, an … Continue reading

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