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HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: I Promote The Highest Standards For All Students

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Wentworth shares his story about being an Assistant Principal at a public high school. He talks in detail about what his duties are as an Assistant Principal and shares what he's learned about being a school principal and talks about the important role he plays in making sure teachers are fully prepared not only to teach but to handle the challenges they face in managing a classroom.

School: Adelphi University - Howard University - Adelphi University - Howard University
Degree: Political Science - Education Leadership and Management
Job Title: High school Assistant Principal

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

Job Description

Elementary, middle, and high school principals lead teachers and other members of school staff. They manage the day-to-day operations of elementary, middle, and high schools. They set goals and objectives and evaluate their school's progress toward meeting them.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary from state to state, but most require a master’s degree or some other training. Some require candidates to pass a test and take continuing education classes to keep their license.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$60,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='11353'>the</span> <span m='11846'>secretaries</span> <span m='12339'>are here,</span> <span m='12832'>and</span> <span m='13325'>making</span> <span m='13818'>sure</span> <span m='14311'>that</span> <span m='15590'>all</span> <span m='15860'>doors</span> <span m='16070'>are</span> <span m='16210'>open</span> <span m='17990'>and</span> <span m='18340'>the school is</span> <span m='18640'>running</span> <span m='19170'>functionally</span> <span m='19820'>in regards</span> <span m='20268'>to</span> <span m='22360'>maintenance</span> <span m='22920'>of</span> <span m='23030'>the</span> <span m='23110'>school</span> <span m='24010'>and</span> <span m='24340'>the</span> <span m='24440'>cleanliness</span> <span m='25050'>of</span> <span m='25190'>the</span> <span m='25250'>school.</span> <span m='25710'>As</span> <span m='26650'>well as</span> <span m='28060'>making</span> <span m='28580'>sure</span> <span m='28890'>that</span> <span m='29700'>the</span> <span m='29790'>fields</span> <span m='30410'>are</span> <span m='30470'>ready</span> <span m='30760'>for</span> <span m='31030'>athletic</span> <span m='31120'>activities,</span> <span m='32566'>going into</span> <span m='33048'>the gym,</span> <span m='33530'>the</span> <span m='33620'>classrooms</span> <span m='34340'>are</span> <span m='34490'>all</span> <span m='34650'>set</span> <span m='34930'>up,</span> <span m='35190'>and</span> <span m='35350'>the</span> <span m='35500'>teachers</span> <span m='36040'>are</span> <span m='36150'>prepared</span> <span m='36440'>for the</span> <span m='37516'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='37910'>I</span> <span m='38050'>started</span> <span m='38460'>off</span> <span m='39780'>really</span> <span m='41190'>at</span> <span m='41530'>a</span> <span m='43930'>four-year</span> <span m='44290'>college,</span> <span m='44820'>did</span> <span m='45440'>political</span> <span m='45790'>science.</span> <span m='46680'>Then</span> <span m='46800'>I</span> <span m='46880'>joined</span> <span m='47130'>the</span> <span m='47200'>Navy.</span> <span m='49680'>After being</span> <span m='50175'>in the</span> <span m='50670'>Navy</span> <span m='51165'>for quite a few years,</span> <span m='52650'>I</span> <span m='52820'>then</span> <span m='52860'>decided to go into</span> <span m='53180'>education</span> <span m='53790'>because</span> <span m='54630'>of</span> <span m='54860'>my</span> <span m='55250'>own</span> <span m='55750'>children.</span> <span m='56420'>I said</span> <span m='56640'>to</span> <span m='56720'>myself,</span> <span m='57640'>what's</span> <span m='57880'>the</span> <span m='57950'>best</span> <span m='58280'>way</span> <span m='58520'>to</span> <span m='58690'>know</span> <span m='58870'>what</span> <span m='59170'>it</span> <span m='59250'>is that they need</span> <span m='59740'>to learn?</span> </p><p><span m='61210'>And so</span> <span m='61410'>I</span> <span m='61890'>went</span> <span m='62170'>into</span> <span m='62240'>education,</span> <span m='62930'>I</span> <span m='63000'>did</span> <span m='63150'>a</span> <span m='63240'>master's</span> <span m='63966'>at</span> <span m='64860'>Howard</span> <span m='65180'>University.</span> <span m='66330'>And</span> <span m='66510'>I</span> <span m='66540'>have</span> <span m='66630'>to</span> <span m='66730'>plug</span> <span m='67110'>my</span> <span m='68480'>undergrad,</span> <span m='69080'>Adelphi</span> <span m='69530'>University</span> <span m='70130'>in</span> <span m='70230'>New</span> <span m='70380'>York,</span> <span m='71930'>Howard University</span> <span m='72360'>in Washington, D.C.</span> <span m='73490'>I decided</span> <span m='74440'>after</span> <span m='74560'>doing</span> <span m='75220'>a</span> <span m='75450'>master's</span> <span m='75860'>at</span> <span m='75930'>Howard</span> <span m='76200'>University,</span> <span m='76870'>I</span> <span m='77310'>first</span> <span m='77710'>got</span> <span m='77980'>my</span> <span m='78560'>first</span> <span m='78910'>job</span> <span m='79370'>in</span> <span m='79980'>South</span> <span m='80270'>Broward</span> <span m='80570'>High</span> <span m='80740'>School</span> <span m='81025'>in</span> <span m='82250'>Florida,</span> <span m='83330'>Broward County,</span> <span m='83910'>Florida,</span> <span m='84490'>as</span> <span m='84750'>a</span> <span m='84900'>history</span> <span m='85280'>teacher.</span> </p><p><span m='85990'>Then</span> <span m='86620'>from</span> <span m='86910'>there,</span> <span m='87400'>I</span> <span m='87900'>moved</span> <span m='88380'>to</span> <span m='88610'>California,</span> <span m='89030'>I</span> <span m='89450'>taught</span> <span m='89680'>at</span> <span m='91320'>Balboa High</span> <span m='91490'>School</span> <span m='93660'>for the</span> <span m='93940'>past</span> <span m='94260'>eight years</span> <span m='95330'>prior</span> <span m='95650'>to getting</span> <span m='96000'>my</span> <span m='96120'>position,</span> <span m='96750'>and</span> <span m='97000'>I'm</span> <span m='97310'>in</span> <span m='97804'>my</span> <span m='98298'>second</span> <span m='98792'>year as an assistant principal</span> <span m='99286'>at Tennyson High School.</span> <span m='100770'>Well,</span> <span m='101200'>I</span> <span m='101310'>knew</span> <span m='101620'>there</span> <span m='101780'>would</span> <span m='103510'>be</span> <span m='103610'>difficulty,</span> <span m='104090'>I</span> <span m='104420'>knew</span> <span m='104530'>that</span> <span m='104690'>we</span> <span m='104780'>have</span> <span m='105040'>a</span> <span m='105060'>wide</span> <span m='105440'>range</span> <span m='105760'>of</span> <span m='105830'>students</span> <span m='106310'>that</span> <span m='106500'>we</span> <span m='106680'>have</span> <span m='106910'>to</span> <span m='107340'>cater</span> <span m='107710'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='108750'>My</span> <span m='109010'>philosophy</span> <span m='109560'>has</span> <span m='109750'>always</span> <span m='110090'>been</span> <span m='110440'>to</span> <span m='111370'>promote</span> <span m='111770'>the</span> <span m='112230'>highest</span> <span m='112710'>standards</span> <span m='113380'>of</span> <span m='113850'>education</span> <span m='114540'>for</span> <span m='114942'>all</span> <span m='115344'>students,</span> <span m='116250'>depending</span> <span m='116620'>on their</span> <span m='116880'>ability and</span> <span m='117110'>capability.</span> <span m='118820'>But more than</span> <span m='119265'>that, now</span> <span m='119710'>with</span> <span m='121490'>the</span> <span m='121740'>common</span> <span m='122090'>core</span> <span m='122340'>curriculum</span> <span m='123110'>coming</span> <span m='123560'>into</span> <span m='123720'>place,</span> <span m='124820'>it's</span> <span m='125260'>more</span> <span m='125710'>of</span> <span m='125940'>a</span> <span m='126350'>skills</span> <span m='127340'>level</span> <span m='128449'>type</span> <span m='128960'>learning,</span> <span m='130130'>along</span> <span m='130570'>with</span> <span m='131140'>the</span> <span m='131480'>state</span> <span m='131810'>standards,</span> <span m='132420'>that</span> <span m='132910'>we</span> <span m='133100'>have</span> <span m='133290'>to</span> <span m='133410'>ensure</span> <span m='133800'>that</span> <span m='134010'>all</span> <span m='134320'>teachers</span> <span m='134940'>are</span> <span m='135710'>masters</span> <span m='136810'>in.</span> <span m='137500'>So</span> <span m='137810'>that</span> <span m='138060'>these</span> <span m='138430'>teachers</span> <span m='138900'>that have</span> <span m='139160'>mastered</span> <span m='139860'>their</span> <span m='141260'>educational</span> <span m='142260'>goals</span> <span m='142615'>that</span> <span m='142970'>they</span> <span m='143290'>set for</span> <span m='143490'>themselves</span> <span m='143940'>to</span> <span m='144020'>teach</span> <span m='144270'>students,</span> <span m='145270'>can</span> <span m='145490'>then</span> <span m='145690'>promote</span> <span m='146180'>that</span> <span m='146560'>to</span> <span m='146780'>the</span> <span m='146910'>students</span> <span m='147340'>here</span> <span m='147700'>at</span> <span m='148130'>Tennyson</span> <span m='148560'>High School,</span> <span m='148990'>and</span> <span m='149420'>throughout the country.</span> </p><p><span m='150280'>Along</span> <span m='150750'>with</span> <span m='150930'>that,</span> <span m='152350'>I</span> <span m='153080'>realize</span> <span m='153740'>that</span> <span m='154670'>teachers</span> <span m='155560'>also</span> <span m='155980'>have</span> <span m='156250'>to</span> <span m='156390'>be</span> <span m='156630'>able</span> <span m='156810'>to</span> <span m='157190'>handle</span> <span m='158780'>a</span> <span m='158920'>variety</span> <span m='159650'>of</span> <span m='159860'>behavior</span> <span m='161150'>problems</span> <span m='161670'>that</span> <span m='161830'>we</span> <span m='161970'>have</span> <span m='162190'>in</span> <span m='162400'>our schools today.</span> <span m='163530'>And</span> <span m='163740'>so</span> <span m='165140'>helping</span> <span m='165550'>teachers</span> <span m='166060'>to</span> <span m='166710'>be</span> <span m='167200'>well-trained</span> <span m='167670'>in</span> <span m='167770'>handling</span> <span m='168590'>the</span> <span m='168670'>different</span> <span m='168930'>types</span> <span m='169170'>of</span> <span m='169250'>behaviors</span> <span m='169880'>that</span> <span m='170020'>they're</span> <span m='170170'>going</span> <span m='170490'>to</span> <span m='171290'>see</span> <span m='171580'>in</span> <span m='172490'>today's</span> <span m='172870'>classroom</span> <span m='174000'>is paramount</span> <span m='175290'>because</span> <span m='175940'>without</span> <span m='176360'>classroom</span> <span m='176860'>management,</span> <span m='177580'>then</span> <span m='177680'>how</span> <span m='177970'>can</span> <span m='178170'>these</span> <span m='178380'>teachers</span> <span m='178750'>that have</span> <span m='178950'>mastered</span> <span m='179380'>a</span> <span m='179520'>subject</span> <span m='181080'>present it to</span> <span m='181970'>those students?</span> </p>","file":{"id":297208,"video_id":"2746116748001","name":"1266-Wentworth-p-HSVicePrincipal","duration":182533,"thumbnail_url":null}});