While all three of our principals have embodied various attributes, I publish my list once more in the hopes that we will get another incredible administrator for our school.
What I want in a future principal
I want a principal who will take the time to understand and truly appreciate the culture of positive learning that has been created at our middle school.
I want a principal who loves middle schoolers with all their quirkiness and hormonal energy.
I want a principal who listens to her students when they want to share a problem or concern, or just updates about what television show they watched last night.
I want a principal who lets her teachers take risks, allowing her teachers to try innovative instruction.
I want a principal who empowers her teachers to take on leadership roles and who supports their professional growth.
I want a principal who is well respected in the community, who makes connections with parents and business leaders.
I want a principal who is a teacher leader first and foremost, never forgetting what it takes to do the hard stuff of teaching on a daily basis.
I want a principal who stands up for her teachers and students when the time comes.
I want a principal who listens to her teachers when they have a concern or a problem or a solution or they just want to share some personal news.
I want a principal who is seen on the campus, in the classroom, in the media center, in the cafeteria, on the athletic field.
I want a principal who implements strong teaching and learning programs that will impact student achievement.
I want a principal who makes the most of her dollars, imploring sound financial abilities to effectively and efficiently provide the materials and resources to run our school.
I want a principal who recognizes, appreciates, and supports all levels of learners from special needs students to academically gifted students.
I want a principal who understands and can effectively assess the data to make important instructional decisions and support successful teaching practices.
I want a principal who is honest, tenacious, caring, professional, vibrant, personable, organized, savvy, accountable, objective, and positive. I want a principal who is “real”.
I want a principal who is a cheerleader, recognizing teacher and staff professional achievements and student academic, behavior, and athletic achievements.
I want a principal who communicates her expectations to her teachers, students, and parents.
I want a principal who asks questions.
I want a principal who realizes that this is “our” school – it belongs to all of us-- the staff, students, parents and community -- and we are all vested in our future.