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


One day in mid-November, Mr. Al Swenson, my elementary principal, approached me about my professional goal to receive my master's degree and become an elementary principal. Al informed me at that time of his thought to officially retire. Al has a love and passion for education and children; therefore, he had no desire to leave the administrative position at Sacred Heart without feeling fairly certain the school will continue to thrive as an excellent educational opportunity. When Al was asked to step in and assist Sacred Heart administratively, the school had just been through several years of less than desirable administration. The board, teachers, staff, and parents were quite unsure of the school's vitality, would/could Sacred Heart survive? Al had a seemingly tough job of public relations ahead of him. After four years, fantastic work had been done to bring up the overall morale of the school community. I see now the vision Al had for the Sacred Heart school community and its' place in the whole community. The vision is what the principal brings to the position which holds 2 his/her beliefs of where the school is directing itself for the future (Jaekel, Wendel, & Hoke, 1994 ). A vision is the result of dreams in action. The vision is developed by leaders through talking and listening to others (Barker, J.A., 1990)

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert H. Decker


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