It's Saturday, May 1st and it's also National Principal's Day. Today, I'd like to recognize the many great education leaders out there who are diligently doing this all-encompassing work as we make our way through this stage of the pandemic. Although I won't name them all here, I am blessed to be part of a network of many great school leaders who I consider to be my mentors and friends. Also, I can guarantee you that most of the great principals I know are not driven by their own success but driven by inspiring and supporting those who they serve. Principals are servant leaders whose job it is to take take the heat and the criticism, lead during crisis, and then stand back and let the teachers and staff be recognized for the awesome work they do everyday. We are there to clear roadblocks, calm the storm and let the teachers teach. We are there at to have a vision of greatness and to put the pieces together to make that vision complete.
So why would anyone want this job? I've been asked this on a number of occasions (and sometimes I think it myself.)
This past year may have been one of the toughest. On many days we made plans that never came to fruition and we had hopes that were never realized. The day to day frustration of not knowing what would come next was almost unbearable. We've had to stand in front of staff and families and tell them one thing and then change it the very next day because of conditions beyond our control. Many of us have lost members of our school families or even our own family members. I'll admit it, there were days when I was unsure about my career choice and I'm sure many school leaders felt the same way. Thank goodness you all kept going, kept planning, and kept dreaming.
It is just my opinion but I think I have the greatest job in the world. Everyday I get to see kids doing amazing things and sharing their joy of life with the people that surround them. I get to see students learning how to navigate the world around them through their successes and failures. I get to see teachers, therapists, and assistants sharing their knowledge, passion, and love with students who just want to be seen and heard. I get to see the joy a student feels when they accomplish something, while the teacher looks on with tears in their eyes. I get to see the resilience of our mini-humans as they figure it all out. I get to see friendships born that may last a lifetime. I get to walk the halls where there is laughter and wonder everywhere. The longer I do this, the more I get excited I am about what goes on in school every day.
I have been blessed to work in a number of schools and at almost every level of education throughout my career. I've been blessed to see many principals in action. Today, I want to thank you for what you do. Thank you for your vision. Thank you for your creativity. Thank you for your leadership. And most of all, thank you for leading through what may be the most difficult time in education. You have continually kept your eye on what is most important... the kids. You have taken care of your staff and supported your families.
Why would anyone want this job? Because it's the best job in the world and I'm proud of a profession where we can truly make a difference. I'm blessed to be part of a community of school leaders who are servant leaders and are looking to make school amazing every single day for those we serve.