My name is Kelly Christopherson. I am a father of 8 lovely children aged 2 years to 19 years of age. I am married to a wonderful and sharing woman who helps me to be the person that I am. Together, we have changed locations 7 times, remodeled 8 houses and shared numerous adventures. Each day in our house is a new adventure and I learn daily from my children, mostly how to be humble! It is an awesome task/privilege, parenting, that comes with no manual or set of foolproof steps. Our family is unique in that our oldest four are girls and our youngest four are boys.
I’m currently a principal of a K – 12 school in a small town in Saskatchewan. I have lived and taught in a wide variety of schools, both Catholic and public. I spent the first 10 years of my career as a classroom teacher, mostly at the middle years level. The last 10 years I have been a teaching principal. I have lived and taught in city and rural schools, I have been the administrator of 2 school campuses at the same time (and taught) and I have had the unique experience of opening a new school, which is my present location. From these experiences I have learned that I have much to learn.
I have been blogging for about 5 years. When I first began my online venture, I adopted the name kwhobbes in honor of the philosopher and thinker Hobbes from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Because I see alot of myself in the character of Calvin and can identify with him on a few different levels and have always been intrigued by the role that Hobbes has in his life, I decided to adopt this. Besides, I have never had to worry about that user name being taken! At some point, I will probably venture away from this, as I have done on twitter where you can find me as @principal_kelly although I’m now leaning to go away from the identify of principal. In that time I have met some wonderful people, been involved in numerous learning discussions and each day has become a PD day as I learn something new. I’ve also challenged a number of people which really makes one look closely at what they believe – their core values.
I am looking for ways to help the teachers in my school continue to be learners and, in doing so, help their students. During this process, I hope to make many contacts and expand what I am doing for myself and for the staff and students in my school.