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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 Dr. Patricia Green


ImageYour school:
Cedar Heights Junior High School, a 7-9 school in Port Orchard, Washington (765 students).

Your education experience:
This position is full circle for me -- I now lead a building at the same level where I began my teaching. In between, I was a community college instructor and administrator.

What's the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?
I turn on the coffeepot in the staff lounge and greet staff. Then I head for the commons for before-school supervision -- tone setting -- with students.

Do you expect to finish your working life in this career?
I'll complete my administrative career in another two years. My next phase will be in grant writing and consulting or supervising internships. That will give me time to enjoy more sunshine and time for golf.

What is the biggest challenge you will face this school year?
Moving forward with our building goals for student achievement and staff growth.

What is your education mantra?
Does it help students learn? And is this a battle I must win today?

What is an unforgivable trait in a colleague?
Believing that the job can be done -- and done well -- within the time of the general school day.

What does your work contribute to society?
We have a tremendous ability to impact the future of our communities as we help mold the educational lives of our students.

What have you been reading lately?
I've been reading the Harry Potter series. We do a daily silent reading time and I try to read books that our students are reading.

What is the most important quality of a strong school leader?
Being the wind beneath the wings of great teachers.