This list of expectations was compiled as a joint staff activity by a faculty of ten by invitation of their principal, at Lititz Area Mennonite School, December 1982.
Qualities the principal should have
- Good organization—personally, and able to organize all aspects of the school program.
- Patience/tolerance—willing to listen, understand, and consider without being judgmental.
- Supportive of teachers.
- Good disciplinarian: commands respect; helps teachers discipline.
- Ready with suggestions for teachers to consider and try.
- Uses methods of efficiently communicating important information.
- Open to new ideas, materials, & schedules—allows teachers to be flexible.
- Experienced teacher.
- Able to give constructive criticism and compliments.
- Dedication to job.
- Diligent worker; does proper share of workload.
- Impartiality with teachers and others.
- Not afraid to say “No.”
- Interest in classroom activities.
- Spiritual leadership.
- Well-rounded—has practical insight in a variety of areas.
- Vision for the school.
- Encourages teacher in-service.
- Logical in decisions (not arbitrary).
- Prepared by formal education for his position.
Qualities the principal should NOT have
- Expects too much of teachers.
- Rigid with schedules.
- “Bossy” attitude.
- Unwilling to go the extra mile.
- Too busy (to help teachers).
CONTRIBUTOR: Jonas Sauder