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THE REFLECTIVE PRINCIPAL

Been There, Done That
A principal returns better prepared after working at the district level
By Jamie Hitzges

H

ave you ever wished you could go
back in time and do something
over? Have you ever thought, "If I
knew then what I know now"? Well, I
have, too-and I have returned to the
elementary principalship.
My journey has taken me from
a childhood fraught with abuse to
working as a teacher, to corporate
America, and back to teaching
and administration as assistant
principal and principal. After
five years in the central office as
assistant superintendent, I came
back to the principalship because
I thought I could be a better

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version of myself and improve
upon that first try.
Rediscovering a Passion

In spite of what I would consider
a successful tenure as an assistant
superintendent, I eschewed the
prestige and pay to return to the
schoolhouse. Why? I read the book
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit
of Less by Greg McKeown and asked
myself the three questions it posed:
What was I good at? What was needed
in the world? What did I have a
passion to do? None of my answers
included managing financials,

transportation, technology, food
service, or facilities-all things I had
done as assistant superintendent.
The "passion" question was the
most difficult. I entered the teaching
profession as many do: to experience
the joy of working with children and
the vicarious thrill of seeing them
grow and expand their minds. As an
assistant superintendent, I distanced
myself-literally and figuratively-
from the daily reward of working
with children.
Two things struck me: First, I
missed working with kids; second, my work in the central office
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - September/October 2019

From the Editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Getting to Why
A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
New Sensation
The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Snapshots
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Principal - September/October 2019 - 5 Things
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Principal - September/October 2019 - A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Models of Voice and Choice
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Principal - September/October 2019 - When Rural Gets Personal
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
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Principal - September/October 2019 - New Sensation
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Language of Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - In the Spotlight
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Practitioner’s Corner
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Early Career
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Raising the Bar
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