With the light seeming to emerge as more and more individuals receive vaccines, leaders, and specifically school leaders need to evaluate lessons learned during the pandemic. From these lessons, we can identify how to move forward and how to make sure we are prepared for future crises in our educational landscape. Too often, educators find themselves focusing on the day-to-day fires and lacking the time or energy to focus on larger issues that can address long-term student and faculty needs. The pandemic forced us to look and evaluate our work but I fear we may just return to old habits…


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To say I have been a skeptic of meditation or mindfulness would be quite an understatement. Throw in the idea of a gratitude journal and the conversation would come to a screeching halt. Who needs that, I would ask you. Further, I would talk about the lack of mental fortitude in “those people” to get through a day.

Turns out I needed it. We all need it. And we all benefit from these practices. It is about finding new and unique ways to be our best self every day. For all of my childhood and well into adulthood, just doing…


Piankatank River, Deltaville VA

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man” Heraclitus

Growing up my parents always found a way to make sure my brother and I had a vacation. It might be a week of camping, first in tents and later in a pull behind camper or a week at the beach staying at an affordable hotel. As a child, I did not always appreciate the trips for what it was: my parents' financial sacrifice to give my brother and me a vacation. I failed to be present in…


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I feel fortunate for rediscovering my passion for reading in the past few years. As a child, I was a voracious reader and then it just stopped and it was not until I made the choice to dedicate time every night that I was able to regain the passion. It was not that I was lacking in time, its that I was not making it a priority. With that in mind, I would like to share a handful of books I read this past year and recommend for your summer read. …


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As more and more people focus their attention on health and mindfulness, there is also greater attention being paid to their work/life balance. Recently, I read an article that suggested the idea of balance is already the wrong approach. Why should your work be in balance with your personal/home life? Does your job deserve the same time and/or effort as your relationships with your spouse or your children? Instead of trying to balance the scales, you should search for harmony.

The Cambridge dictionary defines harmony as a situation in which people are peaceful and…


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Early on in my career as an educator, I was fortunate enough to be placed in a leadership role as a varsity head coach. In hindsight, I was not ready for that position and often found obstacles in front of me that either I created or believed were created by others. The reality is that I was given an opportunity to grow and develop as a leader because someone believed in me. I did not see it that way at the time because of the mindset I brought to the situation. All I saw were obstacles that prevented me from…


Special thanks to Bullis School colleague, Stacey Roshan (@buddyxo) for sharing her blog about #oneword and inspiring other Bullis staff including myself to share their one word for 2019. One of the challenges for individuals in taking on the task of selecting one word is as much about finding the right word as it was about knowing it will be met with judgment or evaluation by others. After all, when we put ourselves out there, people are going to attach a judgment to it. We all want to find that unique word we can share, you know the one that…


Poolesville, MD sunrise

I am grateful for the influence of my peers and colleagues on the topic of weekly and monthly reflections. It has truly helped me fully understand the little wins and setbacks that I may forget about at the end of a busy week or month.

Over the past few Monday morning weekly reflection periods, I noticed the action felt more like a routine activity or task to check off my Monday to-do list than a true reflection. Starting in March of 2017, I developed a pattern of writing weekly reviews every Monday morning which was a positive step, just like…


I was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in my hometown with my family and more importantly, lucky enough to be present for the party celebrating my parents’ 50 year wedding anniversary. There is something incredibly amazing about one person spending 50 years of their life with someone else and I am grateful for the modeling my parents gave my brother and me.

Lessons I learned and am grateful for having the opportunity to witness:

  1. It takes effort! No matter what the goal is in life, you have to be willing to put in the effort. A relationship is no different…


A sunrise in Urbanna, VA caught during a morning run this summer.

The benefits of maintaining my morning routine over the summer far exceeded my expectations. Traditionally in the summer, I would continue with my morning workouts but push them back 45 minutes to an hour because of my flexible work schedule. Since there are no students or staff in the building throughout the day, I can arrive later. There are no daily meetings to attend or lunches to monitor, just focusing on the task at hand: preparing for the year ahead. My previous thought process went something like this…why wake up before 6:00 if I am leaving an hour later than…

Robert Pollicino

Husband, father, educator and part-time BJJ practitioner that seeks personal growth and development in myself and those around me.

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