Tennessee Data Show Strong Principals Keep Strong Teachers On Board
As I arrived to begin my first year as a ninth-grade English teacher, my principal spent an hour of his busy schedule bringing me on a campus tour. At the end of the tour, we stopped in front of the auditorium in the 60-year-old campus and he told me simply, “If you have any questions, let me know. My door is always open. I know the first year is hard.”
That comment was the first in a series of coaching conversations we had over the course of the year. At the end of that first year, noting my improvement, my principal asked me to stay on board for another. I stayed on for four more years, and his coaching was instrumental in helping me become and stay a highly effective teacher. [Read more at Tennessee Score].