dcsimg

Career Story: Elementary School Principal

Elementary School Principal

Job Title: Elementary School Principal

Education: BS in Education, Rhode Island College •• MA in Educational Administration, Framingham State College

Previous Experience: I was as elementary teacher for 20 years and a fulltime assistant principal for 4 years.

Job Tasks: An elementary school principal multi-tasks all day.

Each day, I greet the students outdoors before school, visit each classroom each day and say goodbye at the end of the day.

My favorite part of this position is working with the children and teachers. Most of my day involves administrative tasks: it could be meeting with a parent, a teacher, or both. I could be called to speak with a child or children regarding behavior issues, or poor choices, be notified that there is a plumbing problem in the boys or girls lavatories, a teacher may have to leave or not come in, the nurse may need me, help out in the lunch room if there is a shortage, there is a need to practice emergency procedures from time to time, deal with personnel issues, meet with PTO members etc.

I enjoy dealing with parents most of the time. Some can be difficult and not be objective when their child is involved so it can be frustating. My main focus is always "the child" and what is in his or her best interest. The children's success is primary.

My days are full and busy and no two are alike. It is fun to come to school each day to see what new, or old, issues arise.

It is important for a principal not to over-react quickly. Keeping calm is most beneficial to all. Emotions can get high so listening to all parties involved is key. When all the facts are presented it is then time to make a decision.

Evening meetings are essential but not my favorite part of the job. Because we are a private school marketing is important and ongoing.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love seeing the smiling faces of children each day - it is the best part - teaching, training, and influencing their lives in a positive manner. Children are carefree and easy going and love to be in school where their day is structured and they are in a positive environment.

There is no part I hate. I dislike meetings, meetings, meetings but know they are essential.

Job Tips: Experience in the classroom is the best preparation for a principal - as many years as possible. Once you have been in the trenches of teaching, then you can better relate to any issue that comes about and make a prudent decision.

Education, and a Masters degree, and continuing education are essential.

Additional Thoughts: Principalship is a wonderful, gratifying position. I didn't always want to be a principal (teaching was my forte) but many people saw me as an administartor and I listened. My days are not always perfect but enriching and fullfilling.

Popular Schools offering Education Administration Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: M.Ed. Teaching & Learning: History, AA in Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Degrees: Master, Associate

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: Educational Administration (EDD), M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Technology Leadership, Ed.D. - Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: International Education - Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Leadership in Higher Education - Master of Education, EdD - Learning Analytics in Higher Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

About The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Programs: M.Ed. In Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Degrees: Master

Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the US-Mexico border. CSUSM enrollment is over 15,000 and the university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration, Master of Arts in Education, Literacy
  • Degrees: Master

Columbus State University is committed to delivering a deeply personal and relevant academic experience that prepares graduates to excel in their professions and to become leaders who guide, influence and inspire positive change.

  • Programs: Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
  • Degrees: Certificate

As the flagship university in the LSU System, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Degrees: Master

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

  • Programs: Master's (M.Ed.) - Secondary Education, Master's (M.Ed.) - Leadership of Educational Organizations, Master's (M.Ed.) - Elementary Education
  • Degrees: Master

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Elementary And Secondary School Administrators, including:

Back to Top