In What ways has leadership empowered you to become a better teacher? Dean Shareski asks,
“What ways has leadership empowered you to become a better teacher?”
The principal that I remember the most is the one who influenced me the most. I probably grew the most professionally under him and he was the one that I spent the least amount of years with during my teaching career.
Here are ways that his leadership had empowered me:
He believed in me and never showed any doubt in my ability to be a good teacher.
He made me feel appreciated by what he said to me and the things he noticed that I did. He might mention this at a faculty meeting or even drop a short note in my mailbox.
He asked my opinion about how his decisions might affect my students. This may not have changed his decision but he let me know that my input helped him with his decision making. Sometimes it did change his decision.
He didn’t show favoritism to some teachers over others and tried to be fair and consistent.
His door was always open to teachers and if we had a problem, we knew we could go to him.
He encouraged me to try new things with the philosophy that if it didn’t work, we would just try something else. It never hurt to try.
He expected more of me than I thought I could do and I rose to the occasion. (I think I need to do that more with my students.) I accomplished what he asked and even surprised myself.
He encouraged me to grow professionally and made sure that I had opportunities to do so.
He treated teachers as professionals and expected them to act that way. Sometimes some administrators treat teachers as if they are the students.
This administrator stands out so much in my mind and I will never forget him. I truly believe it is his actions that helped me be a better teacher.
Image: 'Chapter 6: Empowering Self, Empowering Others'