Being a school leader is hard. Being a first-year school leader is even harder. I’m hoping your year is all going well for you. I’m sure you have already handled situations that were easy and some that made you a bit nervous. Don’t drown in all the to-do lists, stress, pressures and all of the uncertainties. With simple steps along the way, you will have a happy and successful first year as a school leader.
One thing I know for sure – the work is all worth it.
The early mornings and late nights- worth it.
The reports and meetings- worth it too.
The presentations, board meetings, and public relations-worth it as well.
The students and teachers you are helping via your leadership- absolutely worth it.
Data available from a handful of states suggest that only about half of beginning principals remain in the same job five years later, and that many leave the principalship altogether when they go.
Nearly 30 percent of principals who lead troubled schools quit every year. By year 3, more than half of all principals leave their jobs.
If you are needing a little extra guidance or support, I’m always here for you. Just contact me and let’s work together.
Dear First Year School Leader includes a list of 12 strategies that you can easily implement and help you in this journey. Our road may be tough but one thing is certain we have each other to get through it. Many seasoned administrators will say this might be the toughest job. As far as my opinion, it has its tough days.
It has been years since I began my very first day as a principal. I would do it all over again if I ever had the opportunity to go back in time.
Check out the free ebook- Dear First Year Leader. Let’s connect and help one another along this journey.