There are people who live and breathe principalship. They wear the position as if they were born for it, which they probably were. I always admire them from afar, wondering if they like waking up early in the morning (which I hear happens around 4am) and then staying late for all those school events. I always wonder how they keep up the energy to flutter around the school and deal with all the crap that lands on their laps. How do they resume a “normal” life after the school day has ended…doesn’t the position just consume them?
Anyway, I compiled a top ten list of why I admire school administrators:
10.) They can sleep at night, even though they know that they are in charge of hundreds of lives
9.) The complaints. From. Everyone. Students. Parents. Guardians. Aunts. Grandpas. Teachers. Teacher Assistants. Staff members. Community. Volunteers. District Office Personnel.
8.) The ongoing investigations of who hit who
7.) Managing the school budget
6.) Hard conversations with teachers (about their instruction)
5.) There’s no Administrator’s How-To Manual
4.) Sub shortage
3.) The real lock down
2.) They have to be great…EVERY DAY
1.) They don’t get a break or a lunch (and if they do, it’s the same stuff the kids ate earlier that day) and they never get to use the bathroom when they need it…
With that said, kudos to all you school admins, I am a big fan of yours and admire your spirit. Keep at it, because if you don’t, there won’t be people like me to write about it.