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I believe that educating children is the most important task that a nation undertakes. This puts the leader of individual school buildings, the principal, at the heart of not only the educational system, but of the nation itself. In no other position of employment can one person do more to help or hurt the mental and emotional growth of young people. The attitudes and successes of our youth, who will determine the attitudes and successes of our nation, are held in the hands of our educational system. The success of the system inevitably lies in the grip of its leaders; making the frontline principal a catalyst for achievement or an agent towards failure. That is why, as future principals, we must reflect on the role and characteristics of an effective principal.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Dale R. Jackson


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