What do Teachers Expect of their Principals?

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.
  • Accessibility.
  • Able to give constructive criticism and compliments.
  • Foresight.
  • Promptness.
  • Dedication to job.
  • Confidentiality.
  • 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.
  • Cooperative.
  • Vision for the school.
  • Encourages teacher in-service.
  • Consistency.
  • 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.
  • Judgmental.
  • “Bossy” attitude.
  • Opinionated.
  • Inconsistency.
  • Unwilling to go the extra mile.
  • Too busy (to help teachers).

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