Every classroom needs a supply of Sharpies. Of course we all need black but my obsession includes every color. I also have a friend who shares my love of Sharpies and we will buy them for each other at Christmas. They are so versatile - use them for drawing but more importantly the hundreds and hundreds of places a teacher has to write students' names.

'Uncap what's inside' is the slogan for Sharpie but it holds more value to me than that. We need to uncap the potential inside of every child. Help them find their skills and strengths. Help them see themselves as unique individuals with extraordinary talents.

As teachers we also need to uncap the potential inside of us through collaboration. We often forget to see the strengths that each one of us has and the value we can bring to a team.

'A good leader is one who can tell another how to reach her potential; a great leader is one who can help another discover this potential for herself.'
- Bo Bennett

We are all leaders, discovering our potential and how you can enrich the lives of children is so valuable to education.

To all the great formal and informal leaders in my life who have helped me see my potential - Thank you.

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