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What's it like being an Assistant Principal? OCS AP's give the inside scoop of the job!

                                                    

            National Assistant Principal Week 2024

What's it like being an Assistant Principal? OCS AP's give the inside scoop of the job! 

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"As an assistant principal, I work to advocate for student needs and help them succeed academically."

In honor of National Assistant Principal Week, we asked our Assistant Principals about their work and what they want everyone to know about their roles! To get the inside scoop about what it's like to be an AP, we asked two questions;

  • What is something about your school/role as AP that you would want people to know about?
  • How have you impacted your community with your role as AP?

And this is what they said...

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Michelle Fournier

Orange Middle School 

The role of Assistant Principal is really in the name - we assist with pretty much everything! We work as a team here at OMS to handle the daily operations of the school: student discipline and behavior support, family communication, scheduling, transportation, safety drills, IEP and 504 compliance, field trips, district and state testing, and lots of other things that I am sure I am forgetting!

One aspect of the role that many might not realize is that Assistant Principals also are instructional leaders who work to implement the Principal’s vision for teaching and learning at the school. We need to be able to support a variety of content areas by understanding the standards, effective teaching practices, how to differentiate and tier instruction for every student, and how to measure and monitor progress. We serve as teammates for teachers on PLCs, instructional coaches, and teacher evaluators, both formally and informally.

Beyond the daily “stuff” we do, the culture and community of a school is truly my passion. I work hard to make sure that students, families, and staff members want to be here every day. I try to do little things daily to show people that I see and appreciate them. I am intentional about getting to know the people that I work with so that I can better understand how to support them. School is not easy work for anyone (that includes students, families, and staff), and meaningful support is everything.

 

Tyler Womble

Pathways Elementary School

I thoroughly enjoy being a person in the building  that students feel they can talk to and connect with, whether it's a conversation of academics or about their  personal interests and aspirations. Being an AP that values connection is super important to me for not only the students, but for staff and the community as well! 

I am DOJO GURU! I am always communicating with our community via dojo showcasing our talented students and staff, as well as keeping our community abreast of the recent events or pertinent school news of Pathways Elementary. I aim to be accessible so that parents and community members can reach out and send me messages if need be.

 

Taylor Golding

Central Elementary School

One chief complaint of many, inside and outside of education, is in regards to how much testing occurs. Here in OCS, assistant principals are tasked with serving as their School Testing Coordinator. For all of the testing that occurs, there is a ton of behind-the-scenes scheduling and preparation that goes into it. At times this can feel overwhelming, but it's really important that we give all of our students the best conditions to perform at their best and demonstrate all they know. I'm happy to have a team here that is so flexible and willing to support me in the process.

I would say the way that I try to make the biggest impact in my role is through building relationships and staying connected to both students and staff. One of the highlights of my day is pulling a 4th grade intervention group for math. Having been a 4th grade teacher, I love getting to interact with students in a teaching and learning manner, even if it's in short spurts. We've also introduced the 8th caller at 8:00 a.m. on Fridays. Each Friday at 8:00 a.m., I play a song over the PA system, and staff call into the front office with the name of the song. The 8th caller wins a special prize. This is a fun way to start Fridays, and the students love to dance and root for their teacher to win. I love finding small ways to boost morale and remind everyone that school needs to be a place where we can have fun!

 

Robin Lowman 

Orange High School 

As an assistant principal, I work to advocate for student needs and help them succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. I work to build a positive school culture and support teachers. I also recognize the importance of involving families and the community in the learning and success of students and work to keep them involved in the school community. Overall, my goal as an assistant principal is to create a nurturing and empowering environment where all students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

 

Amanda Boleratz 

River Park Elementary School 

I see my role as an AP as a support role. I support our principal, staff, students, and families. We have such a great school community, and everyone contributes in their own way to make RPES such a great place to work and learn!

I love building relationships with our students by getting to know more about them and their experiences that shaped who they are. I think having that understanding helps me be a better advocate for their needs.

 

Wyn Payton 

A.L. Stanback Middle School 

My role helps me facilitate the collective effort of growing students and helping them achieve their goals.  I really enjoy working on a team and supporting teachers through the PLC process. I love my role and the A.L. Stanback community.

I try everyday to provide support to students, teachers and families. I am specifically focused at reinforcing character and establishing leadership for all students. 

 

Hunter Lancaster 

Orange High School 

As an AP, one of the main goals for myself is to form beneficial, healthy relationships with all students and parents here at Orange High. I try to get to know every student here at Orange High to the best of my ability. Being visible is a huge aspect of my role as an AP. I want students to see me in the hallways, in classrooms, at extracurricular activities, etc. During these times, it allows me to get to know our student population, not only from the academic side, but the general interests/hobbies that our students have. The students we have here are amazing in so many ways and I want to invest in their interests as young adults. The ultimate goal as an AP is to impact our students' lives in a positive manner and I wake up every morning and come to Orange High School with that intention. 

 

Chris Campbell 

Orange High School 

Our community here at Orange is such a wonderful community to be a part of. The support for students and staff is limitless and is a blessing to witness and be a part of. I think my biggest impact on the community is forming relationships with staff, students and their families.  Sometimes we forget the average student and family has limited interactions with administrators and it's important for us to make sure we take advantage of those opportunities when we get them.  We want all of our students and families to have a positive experience here at Orange. Is that always going to be the case? No - However, I believe if we approach every situation with the intention of being positive, we will make sure that happens more often than not. 

 

Kevin Kay 

Gravelly Hill Middle School

Being an AP is all about RELATIONSHIPS. The best administrators that I have been fortunate enough to learn from all understood this. I aspire to build a unique relationship with as many students as I can and help change the narrative that being in the AP's office is a bad thing. Let's help spread the love.

By actively engaging with the whole learning community (students, parents/guardians, staff, and local business), assistant principals can strengthen partnerships, promote mutual understanding, and ultimately contribute to the overall success of the school and community. Lean in! "Steel sharpens steel".