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Career Story: Assistant Principal At A Suburban High School

Assistant Principal At A Suburban High School

Job Title: Assistant Principal

Type of Company: I work for a school district in suburban Boston.

Education: BS, Exercise Science, Springfield College (Springfield, MA) •• M. Ed., Cambridge

Previous Experience: I was a Special Education teacher and director for 10 years.

Job Tasks: As the assistant principal, I am responsible for overseeing the daily workings of the high school, facilitating curriculum for all courses and serving as the chief disciplinarian. In addition to this, my job requires me to wear all the hats possible in a high school (i.e. teacher, custodian, administrator, counselor, and parent). The assumption of these jobs is very much a part of what an assistant principal does, and needs to do, in order for the school to run smoothly. However, wearing this many hats also allows you to interact with a good number of people, which is the greatest and most rewarding part of the job.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job, by far, is working with the students, and the worst part, by far, is the paperwork, which unfortunately comes with the territory. This is the case, I'd guess, in most professions, since paperwork is how we document and communicate. But it doesn't make it any less tedious.

Job Tips:
1. Before becoming an administrator in any educational field, experience and enjoy the art of teaching!

2. Be certain you're a people person who can be flexible when dealing with difficult personalities.

3. Most important, you have to sincerely love children! The students are why we get into this profession in the first place. The more closely we can work with them, and be a part of their educational experience, the better and more rewarding the job. Take every opportunity to get involved in the students' lives and support their initiatives. Be involved in the school community and the town. Working in a high school often puts you in the spotlight... do not run from it; cherish it!

4. Be as supportive as possible in regards to both your students and staff. They will look to you for leadership and nurture, two very key components of your job.

Additional Thoughts: Being an educational administrator has been a great experience for me and can be a tremendously rewarding job for the right person. Being in education in general is a fantastic career path if you enjoy helping people, especially young people, and would like to be involved in your community. It is an admirable choice.

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