Job Title: Assistant Principal
Type of Company: I work for a school district in suburban Boston.
Education: BA, Education MA, Education CAGS, Educational Leadership
Previous Experience: I was a first grade teacher five years, a special education teacher for three and I've now been an assistant principal for the past two.
Job Tasks: As an assistant principal in an elementary school with 480 students and over 50 staff members I wear many hats. I work within the school with teachers, staff, parents, students, the secretary and the principal on many tasks, both ongoing and day-to-day. I also work outside the school to help improve the district by joining district committees, attending workshops, being a current member of the technology task force and much more.
On a day-to-day basis, I manage the students as they enter and exit the building, ensuring that they are safe. I walk through all the classrooms to visit with the children and staff to view their work and be visible. I am responsible for maintaining the computers in the building by acting as a technology liaison to the technology department. I report all issues or problems to them through an internet program that we have called Interlink. I am responsible for the supervision and evaluation of teachers. This includes having pre- and post-conferences with them and two evaluations. I look for all the principles of effective teaching.
I am a current member of the school council, participate in PAC meetings and Tools for Schools and serve as a crisis team member and an IST member. I share responsibility for the discipline that takes place in the building and communicate with parents as needed. I develop and implement workshops for the district on curriculum or needed topics. I help with the placement process and work on balancing classrooms. As an assistant principal, I help with developing behavior plans for special education students along with attending high risk IEP meetings.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best thing about my job are the connections that I have and continue to make within the town that I work. I grew up in this town and went through the education system here. I am invested in making this the best learning environment possible for all the students including my own children who will be entering the system in 4 years. I love working with the children and helping to make global change. I enjoy motivating people, whether they are staff or parents to improve while always keeping in mind the best interest of the child.
The difficult part of my job happens only once in a while when a student is in crisis. Finding appropriate support for the teacher and making sure that the student is not in danger.
1.) Education is essential; the more education and degrees you have, the more knowledgeable and confident you will be in this field.
2.) Pursue as many certificates from the Department of Education as you can. It will make you more marketable as a principal and more credible to the staff.
3.) Be yourself at interviews. Let your personality shine and be a team player.
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