My colleague has a fifth grade daughter. She was at the elementary school in their town last year. Her principal was the WORST! He actually left in late August to take another job. Yikes! He won't be missed, but still!
We were discussing all this when the conversation took a slight detour. Someone asked, what made this principal the worst? My colleague elaborated. All the while, I wished we were talking about what makes a principal the BEST.
I'm lucky. I've had the honor of working for some really stellar principals over the course of my tenure. Just like no teacher is perfect, no principal is either. If I could build the perfect principal I'd take attributes from each and combine them into one SUPER-PRINCIPAL. A girl can dream, right?
So here is some unsolicited advice for educators who think they might want to become a principal or for principals just starting out. Heck, this could be advice for any principal wanting to improve, too. My suggestions are in no particular order.
The job of principal is a really big one and I'm thankful that some are willing to do this important work. My calling, for the time being, is in the classroom. I'm not sure what is next for me but I'm super clear that I'll never be a principal. But I'll be cheering you all on as we do this great work together.