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Each week, Education World profiles a different school principal. His or her responses offer insight into what it takes to be a principal, what a principal's day is like, and the special challenges a principal faces.


Principal Profile: All About Jon Romeo


ImageYour school:
Bradford Elementary School, a K-5 school in Bradford, Rhode Island (225 students).

Your education experience:
I taught for several years, then spent a year as a curriculum coordinator and two years as an assistant principal. I've been a principal for three years.

What's the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?
I take a deep breath and get ready for the unexpected.

What is the biggest challenge you face this school year?
I am new to this state, so learning the "Rhode Island" way of doing things keeps me busy.

What is your education mantra?
"Learning together." I believe this applies to all members of our school community -- parents, teachers, and children.

If you have one of those days when you don't think you can face the job again, what is it that gets you out the door and off to work then next morning?
I am very fortunate to have an incredible staff. Watching them work and interact with children inspires and motivates me on a daily basis.

Who or what most influenced your decision to become an educator?
Like many other educators, I was influenced by wonderful and caring teachers. I knew from an early age that I wanted be an educator.

If you could have a different career, what would you do?
I'd love to be an NBA point guard.

What do you do to relieve stress?
A walk on the beach does wonders for clearing my head after a tough day.

What have you been reading lately?
Learning By Heart, by Roland Barth and Mr. Lincoln's Way, by Patricia Polacco.

Do you expect to finish your working life in this career?
I can't imagine myself doing anything else!