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My First Parent-Teacher Conference as a Parent

I’ve never known the kind of love like the kind a father has for his child. Until two years ago. And it’s been quite the ride so far… For the first time in a parent-teacher conference, I was on the other side of the table. The Curious Parent Anxiety set Read more…


#Fitat40: My 72-Hour Rule

It was the Saturday afternoon after Thanksgiving of 1995, in that forsaken 2:00-4:00pm window, the time when no one wants to be in the gym working. Not the coach. Not the janitor. And definitely not the growing sophomores of the Kankakee Valley High School Junior Varsity Basketball Team. Hmm… No Read more…


My #OneWord2020: Forward

Oh my… I can’t believe how much has changed. Over the last five years, I’ve celebrated several successes and peaks. We got married, bought a house and a minivan, and had one child (so far). I started grad school (MSA), transitioned from a fifth grade teacher to a STEM Specialist, Read more…


Top 5 #HamstraHighlights of 2019

I love blogging. It’s here–in my #HamstraHighlights reflections–where my most meaningful learning happens. There are so many reasons why I blog, and it’s by far the best professional learning I’ve ever had. To those who encouraged me to start my own professional portfolio, THANK YOU. Although each post is the culmination of Read more…


Are Your Professional Learning Experiences Effective?

I absolutely love professional learning experiences. I love connecting with people. First, there’s the hype of the event itself. Then, there’s the anticipation of attending a quality session. Finally, it’s really happening, and I’m reflecting through live tweets to collect in Wakelet, Google Keep, and future blogs. And then we Read more…


#OneThought: Expression

This is important. Do it today. Right now… To those who matter to you–tell them. Don't let another day go by without saying:I love you.I appreciate you.I'm happy that you're in my life.TY for being there for me.You help me #becomebetter.I can't wait to see you again.#fitleaders #fitat40 #keepburning #healthywake Read more…


#OneThought: Science Literacy

There’s a lot going on here… What are your takeaways? As a parent, I can't wait for our baby to start talking. As an educator, I'm really thinking through this quote at the 0:55 mark: https://t.co/0svd7hiaqo — Kyle Hamstra (@KyleHamstra) October 1, 2019


#Teacherlife–Child Care Sickness

Experiencing life through the lens of a parent has really convicted, challenged, and rerouted me as an educator. Striving to address the needs of the whole child is so different to me now than in my previous 17 years of teaching. I marvel at how my mindset has shifted in Read more…


Another Look At 40

I turn 40 this year. And that has me thinking. Again. Have I fulfilled my purpose by this stage in life? What really matters? What’s meaningful? What have I gained? In a deathbed moment, what would I regret in my heart of hearts? Approaching the new year, a friend of mine declared Read more…


Snapshots, Soundbites, Shame

Hey, Friends! Not sure about you, but I’ve seen a ton of twitter-shaming lately. What’s going on? I’m taking a moment to pause, reflect, and seek your feedback. This isn’t about the President, politics, or celebrities. This isn’t the space for the gossip train or the petty stuff. This isn’t Read more…


The Leadership Line

Hey, Friends! Like millions of educators and organizational leadership enthusiasts around the world, I’ve been reading and rereading Brene Brown‘s book: dare to lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. For those who’ve read it, I’m on number 14 in The Armory. Again. For those who haven’t read it, I’m on Read more…


What I Never Knew as a Classroom Teacher

I don’t know it all. And I think most people would agree that they don’t, either. But here’s the super scary thing. There’s more! As a classroom teacher, there were so many things I didn’t know… that I didn’t know. Nothing has made me more aware of this simple truth Read more…