We are a family of FIVE Wisconsinites braving the cold winters and perfect summers, living under one roof of a small three bedroom home, enjoying life’s challenges, opportunities, failures, and successes one diaper at a time.
Dan– Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dan completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in middle and high school science education. Once there, he met Ashley, his future wife and truly best friend. The following five years brought on a marriage, a new house, three little girls, the completion of a masters degree, the start of a doctoral degree, and a career as the principal of the Altoona Middle School.
Ashley– After completing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics, Ashley began teaching second grade for six years. Motivated by her growing family, her next adventure would be staying home with the girls. During the school year, she adds one more little into the mix as she watches another teacher’s child.
Through our education background, we have seen a variety of parenting styles and the fruits of their labor (no pun intended). Dan’s perspective focuses on his experiences as a school leader, husband, father, and the general lens of a guy. Ashley’s perspective hones in on her years as an elementary teacher, #totschool enthusiast, wife, mother, and lens of a woman.
Three unique, amazing, and might we say beautiful, little girls (twenty months between each…) that spurred on the writings of this blog as we navigate parenthood.
What’s with the title, ‘Parenting the Principal’?
When Ashley and Dan started having children it was no secret that Dan did not have the natural gift that Ashley had when it came to raising young girls. As an educator, his specialization is in middle/high school-aged students, not early childhood education. Needless to say, Ashley has been the leader in raising our girls to be well rounded. Otherwise, if it were up to Dan, life would consist of wrestling on the floor, playing outside, and watching the occasional movie. Much of this blog focuses on Dan’s transformation as a parent and Ashley’s overall parenting philosophy. All in all, we hope to share our own growth and ideas while also learning from all of you!