My Passionate Principal Years (1968-1984)
CARING/ CARING/ CARING!
· Giving the highest priority to building a loving community of kids, teachers & parents
· Delighting in my daily interactions with kids & teachers
· Feeling the greatest satisfaction being able to help teachers and parents focus on what's best for each child.
· Savoring children's smiles, soothing momentary hurts.
· Supporting teachers' FREEDOM to develop the style of teaching best reflecting their individuality and personal strengths.
· Sparing neither time nor effort in anticipation of finding the very best teachers to fill staff vacancies
· Appreciating the courage & wisdom of those teachers and administrators who came before me and replaced Grades with narrative Progress Reports
· Learning so much from parental input and involvement in their children's schooling and education
· Never-ending enthusiasm for the role our school library played in the day to day life of the elementary reading program and in children's independent pleasure reading
· Loving the donation to our school library of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree in honor of our school staff
· Creating an informal Child Study Team approach to assist teachers to collaborate for the benefit of individual children
· Joyfully witnessing so many tiny and giant steps forward by our children
· Trying to listen with an open heart whenever a teacher or parent had a complaint or a problem to resolve
· Relishing the vibrancy of music and art within our school
· Participating as the Whiffle Bird in our school's original musical version of Julie Andrews Edwards' book, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles: with cast of hundreds, including all 3rd-5th graders, most staff members and the night custodians
· Daily celebrating with teachers and parents "the magic years" of 5-11 year olds
April 9, 2011