The View

Principals and other administrators need to help their teachers, students, and parents see the “big picture”… it’s too easy to get comfortable. When I look at this footage of our recent flight above my school, it reminds me of this.

The View from Above

First post

Last year was my first year as the principal of a K-6 elementary school in rural Pennsylvania.

About this time one year ago, I decided to start a blog called “Principally Speaking,” where I was going to document each and every day, the trials and tribulations of being a first year principal.

Hardy… har… har!

To my credit, I completed about 5 or 6, lengthy, detail-oriented posts. I used that blog to allow my emotions to unravel after our first day of school, which truly went swimmingly… until after dismissal and a disgruntled parent let me hear his frustrations regarding bus transportation. All the while treating me with utmost respect by referring to me as “Sweetheart.”

I find value in blogging. I believe new principals can find relief, humor, and a sense of community knowing others are experiencing what they are experiencing.

Networking is crucial in this job, so I will attempt to keep this blog alive in Year 2.

I welcome comments, criticisms, support, and feedback – all in the name of what’s best for kids in the field of education.

That’s why we’re here.