Perry Township Schools has 31 assistant principals and deans who go above and beyond. As one might expect, they focus on the administrative work involved in operating a school, but that’s not all.
They oversee teaching staff, ensure the school’s standards for curriculum and discipline are followed and help teachers with strategies for implementing the curriculum. They address disciplinary concerns, communicate with parents and, when necessary, meet with parents and teachers to discuss ongoing issues.
In addition, they help assess the performance of teachers and coaches. Our assistant principals also help with bus and lunch duty and passing periods – times of the day when students appreciate a friendly smile and encouraging words.
Our assistant principals also do so much more. They lead major district events like the Spell Bowl and the art fair. They make sure the logistics of events are well organized, and they oversee their marketing and promotion. They staff the events to ensure the programs go according to plan.
Even more important, they treat every student as they would their own child. They have provided coats, gloves and socks to students who are in need. When families are down on their luck, they help them find the services they need.
In cases of emergencies, our assistant principals have stepped up to fill the shoes of principals who are absent due to medical leaves and other urgent matters. They fill all of these roles with grace.
During National Assistant Principals Week, we brought all of our assistant principals together for a special breakfast to tell them how much we value their service and expertise. It’s rare that they are able to unite with each other in a fun, informal setting.
Though it was a brief fellowship, it was a meaningful opportunity to show appreciation to educators and leaders who help to make our district a positive learning environment for our growing student body.