A Journal of the First Year | Seventeen


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04 | April | 2019

It is my intention to share some reflections on the highs, the lows, the excitement, the routine, the successes, the failures and everything in between which I experience the course of the next 10 – 12 months, my first months as a full-time principal of a high school.  Writing this journal will help me grow. Reading it may make you laugh… 


I was reminded this week by a person I have very much come to respect during my first year at Mullen High School and I person that I already consider a friend about what this job of being a principal really is. What I mean to suggest is that, if I was stuck in an elevator and I had to convey what the work entails, I am all but certain I could not come up with a better description than the one my friend offered.

I have come to understand and to live much of this work in a real way this year. I have been blessed to do the job I’ve dreamed of doing. I’ve had a terrific time. Terrific.

And I know that this work is about the kids. Our journey as educators is about students. there is no doubt at all about this.

But my work? My job, my primary job as principal? My friend nailed it.

Addressing a group of faculty and staff in general and me in particular during an professional development session earlier this week he said (and I paraphrase a bit here): “Jeff, WE are the job.”

The faculty and the staff are the job.

After months in this work and can conclude two things. The faculty and staff AREthe job. And this is a job I love.