1. How long have you been a principal?
This is my third year as a principal. I served as an Assistant Principal for four years, with one year as a Dean of Students, transitioning into the position after my Principal Internship. Overall, my eighth year as a full-time administrator.
2. What led you to become a principal?
I am probably very rare in the way that I have always had a desire to be a principal from the very beginning of my educational career, even upon the beginning of my teaching and coaching career. I was extremely fortunate to work with an administrative team during my teaching career that allowed me various opportunities as a teacher-leader throughout the school, especially as a I began my School Administration program. Furthermore, I will always be in debt to my principal at Hopewell HS (Dr. M. Louise Jones), who allowed me to become a full-on member of the administrative team during my formal internship, reducing my schedule to 50% (which, keep in mind, as an advanced math teacher, was an enormous sacrifice on her part).
3. How do you envision your role as a principal?
My role as a principal is no different than it was a math teacher or a coach. The environment is different, but the purpose is the same: Leading others towards a common goal/mission, obtaining buy-in through relationship building and maintaining accountability.