Letter: Principal Observations
To the Editor:
I am a seventh-grade student at the Richmond Middle School. Next year I will have a new principal. A new principal might be an unusual event for a student or a school, but for me and other Norwich seventh-graders who have been around in Norwich since fifth grade, a new principal is a normal occurrence. In fact, in the last three years, I have had three different principals, and next year, four, and the next year, at Hanover High, five. Five principals in five years. Having so many principals doesn’t have to be a negative thing. In fact, I have learned so much about leadership from each one.
Which attributes of the three principals did I like the best? What makes a good principal? For me, three important elements make a principal the principal:
Communication: Is he/she talking to me?
Student-centered approach: Do they know who I am?
Innovative leadership: What are the new ideas he/she brings to the school, and how can this person change the school for the better?
I look forward to getting to know my next principals.