30th Anniversary Story: Amber Wheeler

Read Amber’s story and see how her father’s planner, “Frank” influenced her to use her own planner as an elementary school principal.

Growing up, I remember my dad’s briefcase that he brought back and forth with him from school. Tucked into that briefcase was always “Frank.” My dad was an elementary school principal, and I can remember him planning and organizing using his Franklin Planner, which we all Amber Wheelerlaughingly referred to as “Frank.” We would hunt for Frank before dad left for work and find him on the table, by his chair, or on his side of the bed.

Fast-forward a few years into the future, and at the age of 25 I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps. One of the first orders of business, after accepting my first elementary school principal job, was to get my own FranklinPlanner planner, “Frank Jr.”

With days filled with too many “most important” meetings and tasks, my planner helps keep me sane. Sometimes when I’m sitting with my planner at my desk in the morning reviewing the day, I know my dad is just a few towns away and most likely reviewing his day too.

It makes me believe I can do this! Our goal is the same: make the biggest difference in every child’s life each day. Our “Franks” help us do just that.

Thanks for helping us make a difference!


Amber Wheeler

2 Replies to “30th Anniversary Story: Amber Wheeler”

  1. That\’s is a great story and definitely a great way to honor your Dad\’s wisdom!! I hope my young daughter starts her life with the same great tool. Kudos Amber!! Thank you for sharing!! – Darin

  2. I love the fact that so many people are reviewing their Franklin planners first thing in the morning and throughout the day. Yes I do have an electronic one, but I usually rely in my Franklin more.

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