My name is Kelly Christopherson. I am a father of 8 lovely children aged 4 years to 21 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 looking to see where the next opportunity will take me! I was a principal of a K – 12 school in a small town in Saskatchewan for the previous 3 years. 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 12 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. From these experiences I have learned that I have much to learn.
I have been blogging for about 7 years. When I first began my online venture, I adopted the name kwhobbes partly because of the the philosopher and thinker Hobbes but mostly because of the tiger in 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. Besides, I have never had to worry about that user name being taken! At some point, I will probably venture away from this, but for now it continues to serve me well. During this 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 my learning and understanding!