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Career Story: Headmaster Of A Private Christian Academy

Headmaster Of A Private Christian Academy

Job Title: Headmaster Of Private School

Type of Company: I work for a private Christian academy serving grades K-12.

Education: During a long military career I got some college education.

Previous Experience: I worked as an Information Operations Specialist with a Press Camp Headquarters with the military and was a local missionary to the juvenile justice system.

Job Tasks: As Headmaster of a small private Christian school that is still in its start-up years, my responsibilities are many. I usually lead our parents, students, faculty and staff in morning devotionals and announcements together. I schedule meetings with parents in the morning when I am able. I spend most of the day trouble-shooting behavioral issues or helping families through difficulties not necessarily related to the school. I spend many hours on fund-raising either on my own or consulting with a national development firm we have hired. Once a week I meet with my administrative staff to discuss curriculum, schedules, and staffing issues. Once a month I meet with my teachers to keep them informed about the "business" of the school and get their feedback. On five occasions throughout the year we have community meetings where parents, students, board members and other stakeholders assemble in fellowship and share the business of the school. I spend some of my time promoting the school through different media outlets and seek opportunities to speak about the school wherever and whenever I can. I meet with our school board at least once every two weeks, more often when there are greater needs to be addressed.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Because we are a non-profit and rely on charitable giving to stay in business, both my teachers and I have to go without pay for weeks at a time and the worst part of my job is telling my teachers they have to wait for a paycheck. I love every other aspect of my job. I love providing this great service to families and their children. My job goes beyond the walls of our building in caring for my families.

Job Tips: Make sure you are in this career for the right reasons. Otherwise, when the going gets tough you may not endure. I would also recommend setting boundaries. It is too easy to immerse yourself in a job you love and neglect the other aspects of your life. Take time out for yourself and those whom you love.

Additional Thoughts: This was not my original career path. I mainly decided to enter it because of my own children. There are clearly two job descriptions that my position can be divided into: ministry starter and principal. We needed someone to start a school and because of a network I'd already built and my skillset, I became the man for the job. As the school has grown I have surrounded myself with amazing people who have what I lack in the way of an educational background. As the school continues to grow, I release more and more of my responsibilities to more qualified people until eventually I am at a place where I can focus on what I love...people development.

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