Open Access Graduate Research Paper
School administrators--Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships;
The whole process I have gone through in this program has taught many things. I am excited because these lessons do not apply solely to education. These are lessons I have learned to apply to other areas of my life. I never really had a vision for my profession. I think of the words ofLirah Sabir (2000), "Principals face many challenges to make each child a success. But what works for me is developing a positive mindset, always thinking of the total learning environment, being the best instructional leader I can be, and never being afraid to stretch my own and others' comfort zones." Being in this program has helped me develop goals I want to reach for others and myself. One of the important lessons I have learned through the last three years was that kids come first. In the decisions I make as an administrator, I must realize the students must be the ones who benefit. Vincent Ferrandino (1999) reminds me "in striving to educate children, we must remember to educate the whole child." There is more to each child than meets the eye. I have to look at all aspects of the child to gain a better understanding of the direction to take in decisions. I believe I have gained a great deal of knowledge and understanding through this program. I have spent many years going with the flow of things. I now want to move forward and make a difference in education.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Robert H. Decker
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©2000 David W. Baker
Baker, David W., "A preferred vision for administering schools : a reflective essay" (2000). Graduate Research Papers. 295.