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Educator's Letter Offers Insight Into What Makes a Great Principal

Educator's Letter Offers Insight to What Makes a Great Principal

What does it take to make a great principal? Educator Jessica Keigan recently wrote an open letter to applicants describing who she thinks should lead her school.

"Our retiring principal, Pam, is the perfect fusion of no nonsense leadership and compassion," Keigan wrote in her letter featured on "She is the perfect blend of realism and affect. She will be sorely missed So, in the interest of full disclosure, here are a few of the things we’ve come to expect of our principal. We don’t want to scare you away, but we want you to know that the bar has been set rather high.

In one section of Keigan's letter, "A Great Principal Will Lead by Example," she said that Pam "volunteered to be one of the first administrators to be evaluated using the state rubrics."

"She wanted to see what it would feel like for herself so she could offer her insights about the process and help us understand what it would be like for us," she continued. "She willingly broke down the traditional barriers between a principal and her staff to show us how to take risks, which ultimately helped us to feel safer in a time of uncertainty."

In her last section, "A Great Principal Will Inspire," Keigan wrote: "Ultimately, we are inspired to be better at what we do because we see Pam working so hard to be the best at what she does."

All of the students know her well because she spends time in classrooms, hallways and at extracurricular events. She is the most engaged member of our school and is just as sad about leaving us as we are about her leaving. We wish her well in her retirement, but mourn the fact that we won’t be greeted each morning by her smile and support. So, potential principals, we hope that this list inspires you as much as Pam has inspired us. We know that you will bring your own unique strengths to our school and are hopeful that we will be able to add to our list of character traits embodied by a great principal once you join our team.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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