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I have been thinking a lot about principals lately, and not because I am here to say they are not needed, but more considering just how important the role can be to a school. In fact it seems that so much depends on the principal.
The principal is the natural face of the school, they serve as the filter for district administration, the state, media, and anxious new parents. They serve as the mouthpiece highlighting hopefully all of the amazing things that are happening. They are the ones that praise and share all the great work that is done at their school. They are also the ones that add new team members and try to guide teachers to become more effective. They are in a sense the connecting point of the school; a steady presence with ever evolving teachers and new students. They can unify a school or tear it apart. They can lift a school up or bring it further down. They can highlight or they can forget to mention. They can advocate and practice unity or they can cause true separation. And while they are not the only parts of the school that make it run or function, they are unique in their singularity; no one else carries as much overall responsibility as they do. No one else is looked to as the point that connects everyone else. No one else seems to have so much say, so much weight to their words, so much power behind their decisions. At least not anyone that I can think of within a single school.
So it leads me to wonder; a school can be filled with all the best teachers, but can it truly be great if the principal isn’t amazing as well?
I would love to hear your thoughts.