Mentorship & Motivation

Vision & Mission

Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl


Embrace Uniqueness!


To encourage individuals to reflect on our practices while making key changes to refresh strategies that represent a shared vision to enrich the classroom, company, or community. 

Personal Message

🎉 It is Teacher Appreciation Week! Although gratitude can and should occur at any time of the year, this week is dedicated especially to teachers – anyone who has supported, educated, and inspired you. I have been fortunate to acquire many remarkable mentors along my journey and I intentionally continue to acquire new ones to keep growing, learning, and remaining motivated. Two of my greatest teachers have been my parents. They taught me (and continue to teach me!) many facets of life. My dad (also my elementary and high school band director) instilled discipline, consistency, and unity in me. He always encouraged me to try new things. One of his best pieces of advice: “So, what? What you don’t know you’ll learn.” My mom (always my cheerleader and most recently my editor) instilled creativity, enthusiasm, and kindness in me. She always encouraged me to think outside the box. The quote she often recites: “What you focus on expands.” Who are your educational mentors? Have you thanked them lately?

In this month’s article, I partnered with a new friend and colleague, Dr. Kris Cosca, a 30-year educator/administrator, former Superintendent of Schools in northern California, and Founder of Next Level Leadership Services.  In our piece, "The Three-Legged Stool: Creating and Maintaining Stability in Education," we discuss the need for educators to be seen, heard, and valued in their work. Educators want to be recognized and appreciated for their daily efforts in their classrooms, schools, systems, and communities, as well as included in the decision-making process. When this acknowledgment occurs, educators are more likely to achieve stability and continue in their educational careers by positively impacting the lives of those they serve and lead. Our perspective on the three-legged stool encourages educators to find fulfillment in the work, achieve student-centered success, and improve work-life balance.

Registration remains OPEN for my two online summer graduate courses. Click on the registration link to read course descriptions, view course advertisement videos, and peruse the syllabi.
NOW is the time to make a key change – in your life, in your profession, in your community, in your home . . . anywhere! OWN your influence! When you do, all those around you will have WON!

I am available for speaking, conducting, mentoring, and motivating opportunities. Reach out if you have an interest or need.

Please continue to support and celebrate one another. Most importantly, tell those you admire, love, and respect what they mean to you.



How will we show appreciation to educational staff this week and beyond?

Inspirational Quote


"A good education can change anyone. A good teacher can change everything!"



Consider choosing some of the most influential people in your educational journey and reconnecting with them. Show gratitude and share with them how their influence has impacted you. You may have done this before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it again. Kind remarks are worth repeating.

Questions for Reflection
  • How can you locate these inspirational figures if they are no longer working at the same location?
  • If they are no longer living, could you send a message to their family?
  • How will you show gratitude?
    • Will you visit them?
    • Might you write them a note?
    • Could you make a video to send to them?
    • Could you create a scholarship or event in their honor?

Recently Published Article

The Three-Legged Stool: Creating and Maintaining Stability in Education


“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." Benjamin Franklin

For centuries, the three-legged stool has been symbolic of stability. This simple stool brings balance to its user when the three legs remain strong regardless of the conditions in which it is being used. Weaken or eliminate one leg and the stool failstaking the user out of balance. Search “three-legged stool” within just about any industry and you will find perspectives on what professionals in that industry believe are the three keys to creating balance in their chosen field and personal lives. Within education, this stability can apply to and influence the entire school and community, including students, caregivers, staff members, and supporters. 

Lori partnered with Dr. Kris Cosca to co-author this article. Kris has dedicated his career to public schools for 30-plus years as a teacher and administrator. Most recently, he served as superintendent of a 7,500-student district in northern California. Kris has experienced the joys and the challenges at every level—from the classroom to the school board room.

Archived Article


Prepare for Next Year: Reflection, Excitement, and Initiation Must Start Now

Don't expect success. Prepare for it.
— Unknown

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, carve out some quality time to reflect on its achievements and challenges. You can’t prepare for a successful upcoming school year until you’ve learned from the current one. You’ll enjoy your summer much more when you’ve given yourself enough time to reflect on the year just past, and enough reason to be excited about your plans for the future. Don’t procrastinate. Start now!

Story Time with Lori


This section of the newsletter is an opportunity to collectively share and/or respond to comments, testimonials, or questions. Feel free to email Lori, too!

🔑 #WednesdayWisdom 


Each Wednesday Lori posts a quote on social media. Below are the quotes that have been posted since the last newsletter was published.


Lori was recently interviewed by Kathryn Finch and Theresa Hoover for the Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students Podcast. Episode 43 is entitled "Lori Schwartz Reichl: Why Everyone Should Take the Time to Reflect."

Student Opportunities


Music Reading Class

Music Reading Class (MRC) is considered the most unique online music reading course of its kind. Consider this resource for anyone who would like to learn to read music. 

Educator Opportunities



Continuing Education Courses 

Registration is OPEN for both continuing education courses that Lori will be teaching ONLINE through VanderCook College of Music this summer. The courses are open to ANY level/subject area teacher!
Click on the images to learn more!


Keynote or Professional Development 

Ask Lori to design and/or present reflective sessions to mentor or motivate staff or students in your organization. Review popular sessions.

One-on-One Coaching

Lori offers individual sessions on your topic(s) of choice. Schedule a coaching session.

for May


Click on the calendar image above to view the full list of Lori's engagements.


  • May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2023
  • Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Festivals of Music - Band Adjudication


  • May 6, 2023
  • Royersford, Pennsylvania
  • Zeswitz Music - Spring Professional Development Symposium
    • "Embrace Uniqueness! Yours, Theirs, and Ours"
    • "Stronger Together: Create, Collaborate, and Connect with Administrators"


Content Creator

  • May 12, 2023
  • Making Key Changes - monthly newsletter





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Thank you!

I owe my public speaking skills to my 3rd-grade teacher, Mrs. Billet of Clarence R. Orendorf Elementary School within the Northeastern School District in Manchester, Pennsylvania. Apparently, I was very soft-spoken when I was young. To help me learn to speak better, Mrs. Billet made a fake microphone for me to use in class. She gathered yellow clay, rolled it into a ball, and placed it on top of a thick black marker. Every time I spoke in class, I was required to stand up and use the microphone. Mrs. Billet would insist that I stand tall and speak louder, more slowly, and clearly. The image of her smiling, when I spoke in an acceptable voice, remains in my memory. 
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