A MAGAZINE FOR EDUCATORS ACROSS VIRGINIA
May - June 2012
PRINCIPALS WE LOVE
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Letter From the Editor and appreciation for the faculty and students.
How did you learn the difference between “principle” and “principal”? I was taught that the principal of a school ends in “p-a-l” because the principal is your “pal”. Really? When I was in school the principal was the stern person who sat behind a big desk in a dark office with a paddle hanging from the wall! In my eyes the principal was the disciplinarian, not your pal! It wasn’t until I had school aged children of my own that I began to realize the true merit of a principal. I didn’t have to visit the principal’s office to meet him or her. All I had to do was enter the school building and the principal would be found in the hallways interacting with the students and greeting parents. At school functions the principal was always present showing support
As a teacher, my admiration and respect for the principal only broadened. I have been very lucky to work with some amazing principals that make going to work every day challenging and rewarding. Furthermore, each principal I have worked under has made me feel appreciated as a person and a teacher. I’ve always known that if I ever have a problem, his/her office door is always open – and no paddle would be hanging on the wall! In this issue of Virginia Teacher, you will meet four standout principals from across Hampton Roads and Central Virginia that exemplify the qualities needed to be an effective leader. I hope this small sample will give you an appreciation for the incredible accomplishments of administrators. While the responsibilities are sometimes overwhelming, each principal highlighted handles his/her leadership role with determination and a positive approach. Moreover, each principal contributes his/her success and their school’s
achievements to one thing – the fact that they are surrounded by quality teachers and staff that are willing and able to implement their initiatives and above all, put students first. Virginia Teacher will continue to honor key members of the educational society with each May/June issue. For it takes an entire community to educate a child. This community includes teachers, principals, teacher assistances, parents, volunteers, assistant principals and even superintendents. Next May/June Virginia Teacher will honor “Guidance Counselors We Love”. If you would like to recommend a guidance counselor from your school, go to VirginiaTeacherOnline.com and look for the nomination form. I look forward to hearing from you and continuing to highlight all the good happening in Virginia schools. Yours in Education,
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