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Like everyone, my experiences, values, and goals are the basis of what has become my philosophy of education. My philosophy of education, in turn, determines my teaching style and together they define what I believe to be the purpose of education. Knowing that philosophies tend toward the idealistic by nature, my idealistic vision is not intimidated by the challenge of administration. The purpose of this reflective paper is to identify characteristics that are essential for a successful principalship. I will also articulate what I believe about each characteristic, provide research findings to support my perspective, and discuss how I might implement my beliefs. Without experience beyond working with my mentor, my positions may be more theoretical than practical. We are not separate from all other times. We are connected to the past and the future. Our world is a product of all that has been. Our time is what has developed due to the contributions of all that came before us. All that we have is a gift, willed to us by our history. We must accept the responsibility and challenge of making the world of the future a better place than it was when we received it. Hence, to grow and improve we must change as an individual and as people.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Dave Else


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Date Original

January 2000

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