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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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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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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Students WIN with New Education Bill

I’m certain there will be those who will highly disagree with the new bills signed into law yesterday by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  I am, however, beyond thrilled that if implemented correctly (because implementation and strategic planning is crucial) thousands of students will have an opportunity to achieve a level of success not so dependent […]

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Video Zumbies OUT—Productive Summers IN

Many of us are kicking off summer vacation this week.  For the most part, this is FREE TIME for many kiddos–meaning, parent enforced activities are not mandatory.  It’s break week!  But for many of us endearing parents (and I’m going to assume that includes everyone reading this blog) we recognize that 2.5 months of no […]

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Salute To My Mommy…My First Teacher Mentor

I could not end the week without saluting my first teacher, my first teacher mentor, my biggest supporter, my mother.  Her journey as an educator began a year before I was born…so that’s 34 years in the game.  For her entire career she has worked as a special education teacher, displaying a passion that is […]

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Mendy is “ART-landish” and I Salute Her for It!

I must admit I have a creative mind in the sense that I can envision creative programs, or conjure up some pretty grand ideas, but trust me, I know where the buck stops and so admire individuals who are creative in the ARTSY sense.  These are the individuals who can take my broad ideas and […]

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