Graduate Research Papers


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School administrators -- Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships;


As I prepared my first memo to our high school staff about the weeks activities, an idea about my role as Activities Director came to light. It is the idea of service. Snyder, Dowd, and Houghton (1994) state that the notion of service is central to any administrative post. The root word in administration is minister, meaning, "to serve." That is exactly how I see my role at school. Service is the heart of my work. My ministry extends to students, parents, fellow staff members, administration, the Board of Education, and others in the school community. My personal mission statement is to be of service to all of these groups, no matter what my capacity is in education. This reflective paper examines this mission, investigating my values, beliefs, and philosophy of educational leadership. It explores the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective leader. Most of all, this paper reflects my vision for sound administrative practice. Last, this paper reports on the challenges facing administrators today. As John Wooden says, "I will get ready and then, perhaps, my chance will come" (Wooden and Tobin, 1988, p. 157).

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Robert H. Decker


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