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Career Story: Principal Of An Elementary School

Principal Of An Elementary School

Job Title: Principal Of An Elementary School

Type of Company: The primary business of the the school district which I work is to; provide a free and appropriate education to school age students.

Education: BS, Early Childhood Education, Salem State College •• MEd, Technology, Lesley University •• Administrative Certification Program, Boston University,

Previous Experience: I was a classroom teacher who became an assistant principal and currently a principal.

Job Tasks: My responsibilities include but are not limited to: overseeing the day-to-day workings of an elementary school supervising and evaluating teachers working with the local bus company to ensure safe travel for all students communicating with parents maintaining student discipline implementing school-wide behavioral incentive program organizing the 4th- and 5th-grade student job program keeping inventory and ordering supplies attending bi-weekly administrative team meetings coordinating our cultural arts program coordinating the MCAS testing hiring staff and terminating staff

A typical day begins with meeting the buses in the morning, greeting students, walking around the building to meet other students, assisting with morning announcements that are read by a student, perhaps chairing a team meeting, meeting with staff, dealing with student discipline, perhaps having an Administrative Team Meeting, evaluating a teacher, walking through the halls being visible to teachers and staff, meeting with students who may be struggle, or acting out in class. I try to wait until the end of the day to complete paper work and make phone calls home.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is interacting with students and staff and having an effect on them. The worst part of my job is having difficult conversations with parents, staff and students. Overall this is an extremely rewarding career! I do not enjoy all of the paperwork that goes along with being an administrator. I feel that this distracts me from being in classrooms, observing teachers, and interacting with students. I love that I can still take small groups of students to put on shows, have a student council, work on skills. That is the pest part of my job.

Job Tips: Listen to what everyone has to say. Speak up when you need to. Get involved in as much as you possibly can, balancing curriculum, behavior, social and extra curricular activities! Enjoy the small successes that occur daily: a child learning to read, a shy student coming out of his/her shell, a parent thanking you for taking care of their child. These are the reasons for becoming an educator!

Additional Thoughts: One major mistake I have made as an administrator is to assume that people are doing what I have asked of them. I needed to change my way of thinking to trust but verify!

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