NAT’S NATION: FIGHT AGAINST MS

  Five years ago, my little sister called me on HER birthday while I was at work and informed me that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The news came following loss of vision in one of her eyes.   As with anything in our life…I was the one that cried like a newborn baby. […]

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My Mommy Battle Cry

With just over two full months into the school year… I am exhausted, quiet frankly!  As a wife, mother, career professional and budding business owner—life is hectic most of the time.  The start of this 7th grade year for #TeamHayes has been a worldwind for me and a very valuable teaching tool for my son. […]

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LEAD WITH ENERGY

It’s the time of year that many educators, students and parents are excited about!  Did someone say…  “SUMMER”?—Yes, and the excitement is absolutely contagious.  For so many, it is a time for rest, relaxation, recovery and hopefully reflection.  With the absence of deadlines, mandated structure, meetings and all the mundane routines of a school building– […]

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My 5 Future Ready Takeaways

HOUSTON IS FUTURE READY ARE YOU? I advocate on a daily basis for students across the country (globe in many cases), who happen to live with cancer or some other chronic illness…it’s what I do.  I advocate for students who would prefer not to be treated any differently than their peers and whose simple desire […]

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ROCK WITH PURPOSE: Fountain Of Praise Rock Youth Services College Prep Program

It was a pleasure having an opportunity to speak to middle and high school students at the Fountain of Praise ROCK YOUTH Services.  The topic focused on College Prep and Purpose, which gave me an opportunity to intersect my Faith Principles with the process of College Preparation.  This is literally my happy place! This clip offers […]

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Improve the Professional Experiences of Teachers: Three Steps Toward Teacher Transformation

The holiday break is over!  We are twelve days into the New Year and educators are settling back into the routine of classrooms, curriculum, tedious accountability documents, grades, parents and kids…. many of which are already counting down to Spring Break.  I’ve been there…I get it!  Though I understand the sentiments, it really is bothersome given […]

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Ignite a “Purposeful” 2015

So, as many of us embark upon the routine of establishing resolutions and setting new personal goals, my focus is to also highlight the importance of being personally fulfilled for the benefit of mankind, the greater good of society and professional productivity.  This is about orchestrating a movement that promotes caring, social responsibility and servitude. […]

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Strategy vs. Implementation

Article Originally posted on Keey Group, LLC. There is an old saying that goes…”you plan to fail if you fail to plan” and as true as this maybe there lies an extraordinarily important element that is missing- IMPLEMENTATION. The question then becomes, what happens following the development of your plan or strategy? Is failing still […]

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Mama Madden Speaks: AAU Basketball

Twitter has been on an explosive rampage since yesterday when AAU basketball announced the decision to apply an age based requirement for grades 7U-14U at the #aauconvention. Per leadership, high school ages 15-19 will follow the age/grade criteria with the old grade exception rule applying.   See and click old rules prior to the new ruling…. […]

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Even When You Are Off…You’re ON (#REALTALK)

By no means am I interested in illuminating a picture of perfection because I do recognize that I’m far from it. Yet, there lies this innate feeling of “ON-ness” that a woman of many hats occupies. Tell me you can’t relate? Well, let me first clarify… “ON-ness” , you ask (by my standards) is nothing more […]

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