Mike Ringen

About Mike Ringen

Co-owner Mike Ringen has 34 years of experience in education as a teacher, building administrator, district superintendent, and college instructor/supervisor. His expertise is in administration with an emphasis in leadership, finance, governance, policy, and problem-solving. Mike also sits on the Camp Wilderness Association board where he puts his training to good use.

The Trout House – or – What do you really want? Part Two

By | 2018-09-03T17:29:57+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Leadership|

     It was one of those days when we could put off all the pressing details of daily life, so we decided at the last minute to take a drive and look for a place that might be for sale.  We drove by the trailer in a familiar campground, located the phone number on the [...]

What do you really want? Part One

By | 2018-09-03T19:31:45+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Leadership|

     For the last several years, since our retirement from public education, we have owned a camper.  Actually, we bought one, had it for a couple of years, sold it and bought a smaller one.  We thought we were going to do what people do when they retire, buy a big camper and travel the country, [...]

Simply Seeking Satisfaction

By | 2018-08-23T21:22:34+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Leadership|

        At least four days a week most weeks I commit to an early morning exercise routine.  It consists of 15 minutes of stretching, 15 minutes of weights, and 15 minutes of cardio.  On the other days I at least make sure I do some stretches in an attempt to alleviate back problems, and most of the time [...]

Flying Fast and Missing Moments

By | 2018-08-17T16:03:43+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Leadership, Uncategorized|

     My wife and I like to take our coffee and sit out on the porch early in the morning.  It doesn’t happen as often as we would like because even though we are mostly retired, there seems to be something that fills most days.  So before we’re really ready to do so, it’s time to [...]

Decisions, Decisions

By | 2018-04-19T14:54:02+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

      As I looked over the menu one morning at a local restaurant and started thinking out loud about what I was going to order, I mentioned that I thought I would have sausage with my eggs instead of bacon.  My friend said, “I thought you liked bacon.”  When discussing a recent basketball game, I said that I [...]

Perception, Problem-Solving, and Frogs

By | 2018-04-14T16:23:50+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

      Those of you that grew up in a small town may be able to relate to this experience.  I bet all of you country kids did this at one time or another.  The rest of you need to understand that we sometimes had our own ways of passing time and making fun for ourselves.  Sometimes [...]

How do you deal with your brick wall?

By | 2017-12-28T15:04:34+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I'm just finishing reading a book that many of you have probably already read, as it is now several years old.  I avoided reading it when it first came out because I was afraid that it might make me think about things I didn't want to think about.  You see, my mom passed away many [...]

Don’t get too big for your britches

By | 2017-11-20T16:14:42+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A good friend of mine, Jim, ran a dog-training business.  One of his own dogs had a litter of pups and he right away realized that one of the new puppies seemed to be special.  And he wasn’t wrong. Early on the new little puppy just seemed to have something about her that put her a cut above the [...]