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What are your career goals?
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I would like to work as an Assistant Principal for several years before I decide if I would like to remain doing that or move on to Principal.
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Principal of an elementary school.
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1.
What are your career goals?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I would like to work as an Assistant Principal for several years before I decide if I would like to remain doing that or move on to Principal.
2.
Principal of an elementary school.
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How would you handle a difficult behavior situation?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would gather all the information I could get about the situation. I would then make any decisions based on that information, keeping the vision of serving students at the core.
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I would handle it carefully. I would first make sure that all the people are safe and that the student with the behavior problem has a safe environment to de-escalate in. Then I would start the work of trying to help the student resolve their problem.
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What defines success for you as a principal?
User-Submitted Answers
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Student achievement and a positive school culture.
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Success is based on the successes within the school. Success is when the data looks great, the teachers are happy, the students are happy and engaged in learning.
4.
How do you stay organized?
User-Submitted Answers
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Prioritizing and planning.
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My calendar drives my day. I also try to stay fairly paperless. I work so that nothing is left unfinished. If I get a parent call, I all them back that day. Same with emails. I try to respond that day- it gets it done and out of the way. I also like keep a running spiral of what is going on in the short term.
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How did you deal with upset parents whose child complained about you?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would start by having a conversation with the parents about the problem. I would clarify what it is the child had a problem and I would try to find a different way to interact with the student so that it was positive and constructive. I work from a place of positive intent and I assume others will too.
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Listen and seek their view. Talk through the situation and do what is best for the student.
6.
What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in a classroom?
User-Submitted Answers
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Help the team with an individual plan to support the student. Monitor the student using data over time to determine next steps.
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I see behavior problems as an opportunity to teach. Then, if that does not solve the problem I need to find out the function of the behavior. Is the behavior work avoidance, is the student tired at that time of day? Is there a conflict with the teacher, setting, or some other contributing factors that need to be resolved or addressed before the student can be successful. I would also invite the parent to help address the behavior. Most parents would like to know if there is something going on at school.
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I would continuously observe the student to see what is causing the behavior and than develop plan to address the behavior.
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Behavior is a message .. Investigate why the student wasn't engaged. what is the relationship with the teacher and the student and the student and the curriculum. What purpose does the behavioiur serve the student and how can we support the student with teaching more adaptive behaviours also build more of a connection at home and investigate if behaviors are there, what are the parents thinking, are they concerned and build a team of support around the student..
7.
Tell me about yourself.
User-Submitted Answers
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I earned my degree in education over twenty years ago. After I had my own children I was volunteering at the school and really loved being there- so I went back and got my Masters in Education, then I worked as a teacher, a head teacher, and most recently as Administrative Intern at Daniel Bagley. I am a direct communicator and like to be fair and honest with all my interactions. For me, education is key for our success as a society and I take it seriously. I also belive that childhood is brief and it should not be stressful to learn.
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I am a passion individual who believes deeply in the right of every child to receive an effective and strong education system. I'm a mom and a wife, I am a life long learner and write and explore and travel when I am not working. I was supporting my Mother in law on my compassion leave. and deeply commited to my family and work. I give 100 percent to the things I take on.
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I am a visionary leader that enjoys working with and supporting others for exemplary student learning.
8.
Why are you the best candidate for us?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am super excited about leading here. I am collaborative and model the way. I want to support adult learning and see students succeed at high levels.
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I am the best because I am someone who can jump in and start working. I check in with my Principal but then I just go get the work done. I find ways to help staff and students be productive.
9.
What do you like least about being a Principal?
User-Submitted Answers
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The sometimes deeper relationships with students you have when teaching.
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The thing I like least about being a Principal, I guess it would have to be when you are making calls to CPS. I never like knowing a child has been through such a hard time that I need to call the authorities and report it.
10.
What qualities make an excellent principal?
User-Submitted Answers
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Model the way, collaborative, heart.
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A quality that makes me excellent is that I build strong relationships with teachers, students and families. It is through these relationships that I get my hardest work done. People know that if I am asking for something it is to help a student.
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What provides you with the greatest joy in being a principal?
User-Submitted Answers
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Helping with and watching growth in students and adults.
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Being able to help support students and teachers in learning. I see learning as crucial to lifelong success, helping to inspire learning or support learning, or improve education is why I love this.
12.
What do you know about our organization?
User-Submitted Answers
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A dedicated staff and caring community.
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I know the demographics, I know the neighborhood, I know the expectations for high achievement...I also know that with high expectations can come some stress. So part of my job is to make sure that students aren't stressed about school- that they just get to see it through the lens of being a child and learning.
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Our organization is focussed on student success, we strive to provide high quality engaging learning opportunities for the students we serve every day without exception with the goal of highschool completion for all our students there by creating lifelong learners that thrive as adults with the skills and knowledge to be contributing citizens.
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What made you choose to pursue a career as a Principal?
User-Submitted Answers
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To support others in their journey as teachers and learners.
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I think a strong desire to help students succeed in academics and have a strong foundation for life is what drives me.
14.
Can you describe a mistake you have made before and how you addressed it?
User-Submitted Answers
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I promised I would get a task completed when I knew I may not have the time. I gave a sincere apology owning up to the fact I should not have said I could finish in such a short time. I did complete the task with an extended time limit.
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One mistake I made was not talking to a parent soon enough when I could see she looked like she was upset with me. When I was did finally say, "It looks and feels like you are mad at me," she was able to explain her position and I was able to explain to her that the was not anything I had any control over. Not that I was shifting the blame, but that she and I together could have spoken to the Special education teacher and made some sort of arrangement for what she wanted.
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How would you resolve a conflict between two upset teachers in your school?
User-Submitted Answers
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Seek out all the information for those involved. Listen carefully to both sides. Any resolution with be focused on our vision of educating students.
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First, I would find a neutral setting and make an appointment to sit down and discuss the issues that are affecting them. Then I would explain the context of looking for a win:win solution, looking for a solution rather than who is right or who is wrong. Then I would help facilitate the conversation making sure to have problems supported by concrete examples. Then I would help them to decide how they can resolve it. I would allow them the first opportunity to find solutions, if not then I would mediate it.
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Interview Questions
  1. What are your career goals?
  2. How would you handle a difficult behavior situation?
  3. What defines success for you as a principal?
  4. How do you stay organized?
  5. How did you deal with upset parents whose child complained about you?
  6. What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in a classroom?
  7. Tell me about yourself.
  8. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  9. What do you like least about being a Principal?
  10. What qualities make an excellent principal?
  11. What provides you with the greatest joy in being a principal?
  12. What do you know about our organization?
  13. What made you choose to pursue a career as a Principal?
  14. Can you describe a mistake you have made before and how you addressed it?
  15. How would you resolve a conflict between two upset teachers in your school?
  16. Do you work well under pressure?
  17. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  18. What is your greatest strength?
  19. How did you deal with lazy students?
  20. How will you ensure that staff members continue to grow as professionals?
  21. What is the most rewarding part of being a Principal?
  22. Do you manage your time well?
  23. What do you think is the most important task of the principal?
  24. How did you cope with stress at school?
  25. Tell me about your education.
  26. What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a Principal?
  27. What qualifies you for this position?
  28. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  29. What is the most difficult part of being a Principal?
  30. What do you like most about being a Principal?
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