Justin Medved and Dennis Harter have done fabulous jobs this week as my guest
. I appreciate their willingness to contribute to this community! My next guest will be Mike Parent. I asked Mike for a short
blurb about himself. Here’s what he sent me:

I’m married to a wonderfully supportive woman and I am the father of two boys
(our third son is due February 28), all of whom give my life purpose and

Professionally, I’m an Assistant Principal and Supervisor for Music, World
Languages, and Special Education in a Bergen County, NJ high school. Primarily I
deal with discipline issues ranging from the mundane to the unbelievable,
however I also engross myself into curriculum issues and technology teaching to
keep my sanity. I truly enjoy my work; the students, my administrative
teammates, and my faculty are very supportive and a pleasure to share time

I suppose anyone who has worked with me will call me a dreamer (sometimes in
the most derogatory sense of the word); I believe a radical and risky overhaul
of "the system" must occur if we want to keep public schooling relevant and
alive. In the most base terms, I dream of (and work toward) an equitable,
technology laden, intellectually rigorous, student-supportive, grade-free,
ranking-free, community-collaborative, team-based, and child-loving school
system. Call me crazy. I call me "Sisyphus."

Very cool! Mike will be blogging next week (a little close to that due date, Mike?!) and I am lining up some other
guests on the calendar. If you’re interested in being a
guest blogger
, let me know!