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CHARTER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: There's No Dull Moment As A Principal

About this video 

Avo is the Principal at a charter school. He shares his story about his experiences and responsibilities. Avo also talks about why he decided to leave his job as a Police Officer and go into teaching, and advises young people what field of education to go into if they are interested in becoming teachers.

Degree: Education
Job Title: Charter School Principal
Employer: Delta Charter Schools

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
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, People skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Organizational skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Empathy, Patience

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m='11770'>their</span> <span m='12090'>bus</span> <span m='13000'>coming</span> <span m='13260'>to</span> <span m='13320'>school.</span> <span m='13740'>Make</span> <span m='13940'>sure</span> <span m='14130'>that</span> <span m='14890'>I</span> <span m='14970'>shake</span> <span m='15250'>everybody's</span> <span m='15660'>hand.</span> <span m='16000'>And</span> <span m='16140'>make</span> <span m='16320'>sure</span> <span m='16490'>that</span> <span m='17150'>I</span> <span m='18030'>scope</span> <span m='18240'>them</span> <span m='18430'>out and</span> <span m='18640'>make</span> <span m='18780'>sure</span> <span m='18890'>that</span> <span m='19060'>they're</span> <span m='19240'>OK.</span> </p><p><span m='21410'>Answering</span> <span m='21840'>emails,</span> <span m='22400'>maybe</span> <span m='22850'>about</span> <span m='23090'>130-140</span> <span m='24290'>emails</span> <span m='24650'>a</span> <span m='24710'>day.</span> <span m='26460'>Meetings</span> <span m='26790'>with</span> <span m='26950'>teachers.</span> <span m='27490'>Meeting</span> <span m='27740'>with</span> <span m='27930'>parents.</span> <span m='30310'>Supervising</span> <span m='30960'>the</span> <span m='31060'>lunch.</span> <span m='31500'>Supervising</span> <span m='32030'>the</span> <span m='32119'>breaks.</span> <span m='33490'>So</span> <span m='33660'>there's</span> <span m='33880'>no</span> <span m='34010'>such</span> <span m='34280'>thing--</span> <span m='34690'>it's</span> <span m='34900'>always</span> <span m='35260'>fun.</span> <span m='35570'>There's</span> <span m='35780'>no</span> <span m='35920'>dull</span> <span m='36140'>moment</span> <span m='37730'>at</span> <span m='37920'>a</span> <span m='38010'>job</span> <span m='38240'>as</span> <span m='38640'>a principal.</span> </p><p><span m='39290'>I</span> <span m='39510'>was</span> <span m='39730'>a</span> <span m='39810'>police</span> <span m='40140'>officer.</span> <span m='41650'>When</span> <span m='41970'>I</span> <span m='42060'>found</span> <span m='42370'>out</span> <span m='42600'>that</span> <span m='42870'>I</span> <span m='42970'>needed</span> <span m='43230'>a</span> <span m='43280'>little</span> <span m='43540'>more</span> <span m='43870'>contact</span> <span m='44290'>with</span> <span m='44420'>students</span> <span m='44870'>and a</span> <span m='45010'>little</span> <span m='45170'>more</span> <span m='45300'>positive</span> <span m='45710'>contact,</span> <span m='46550'>it</span> <span m='46750'>took</span> <span m='46960'>me</span> <span m='47250'>to</span> <span m='47410'>teach</span> <span m='47690'>art.</span> <span m='47970'>I</span> <span m='48090'>was</span> <span m='48240'>an</span> <span m='48360'>art</span> <span m='48500'>teacher</span> <span m='48730'>for</span> <span m='48900'>a</span> <span m='48940'>few</span> <span m='49160'>years.</span> <span m='49760'>And</span> <span m='49990'>then</span> <span m='51380'>I</span> <span m='51480'>decided</span> <span m='51980'>that</span> <span m='52120'>I</span> <span m='52210'>can</span> <span m='52710'>help</span> <span m='52910'>more</span> <span m='53140'>kids</span> <span m='53600'>by</span> <span m='53810'>becoming</span> <span m='54150'>an</span> <span m='54260'>administrator.</span> <span m='54990'>So</span> <span m='55490'>I'm</span> <span m='55700'>here</span> <span m='55970'>as</span> <span m='56080'>a</span> <span m='56130'>principal</span> <span m='56530'>at</span> <span m='56820'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> </p><p><span m='58390'>I</span> <span m='58900'>saw</span> <span m='59090'>so</span> <span m='59290'>much</span> <span m='59530'>negative</span> <span m='59880'>contact.</span> <span m='62760'>I've</span> <span m='62880'>seen</span> <span m='63050'>a</span> <span m='63110'>lot</span> <span m='63290'>of</span> <span m='63360'>students</span> <span m='63770'>out,</span> <span m='64080'>and wanted</span> <span m='64440'>to</span> <span m='64540'>help</span> <span m='64739'>students</span> <span m='65310'>at</span> <span m='65420'>the</span> <span m='65500'>school</span> <span m='65770'>setting.</span> <span m='66110'>So</span> <span m='66990'>I</span> <span m='67110'>don't</span> <span m='67250'>have</span> <span m='67420'>to</span> <span m='67520'>have</span> <span m='67690'>contact</span> <span m='68300'>as</span> <span m='68490'>a</span> <span m='68540'>police</span> <span m='68900'>officer.</span> <span m='69330'>So</span> <span m='70040'>keep</span> <span m='70240'>them in</span> <span m='70440'>school,</span> <span m='71180'>motivate</span> <span m='71720'>them.</span> <span m='72180'>What</span> <span m='72370'>can</span> <span m='72580'>we</span> <span m='72700'>do</span> <span m='72960'>as</span> <span m='73100'>a</span> <span m='73180'>society</span> <span m='74050'>to</span> <span m='74150'>keep</span> <span m='74340'>students</span> <span m='75290'>educated</span> <span m='75565'>and</span> <span m='75840'>motivated</span> 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m='92770'>into</span> <span m='93270'>a</span> <span m='94520'>individual</span> <span m='95000'>student</span> <span m='95250'>learning.</span> <span m='95840'>And</span> <span m='96450'>personalized</span> <span m='96640'>student</span> <span m='96920'>learning</span> <span m='97270'>where</span> <span m='98550'>knowing</span> <span m='98890'>that</span> <span m='99130'>every</span> <span m='99470'>student</span> <span m='100060'>learns</span> <span m='100540'>individually</span> <span m='101840'>in</span> <span m='101960'>their</span> <span m='102130'>own</span> <span m='102430'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='103120'>I</span> <span m='103280'>know</span> <span m='103710'>it's</span> <span m='104480'>one</span> <span m='104650'>of</span> <span m='104700'>those</span> <span m='104940'>things</span> <span m='105200'>that</span> <span m='105370'>everybody</span> <span m='105750'>talks</span> <span m='106070'>about,</span> <span m='106360'>but</span> <span m='106510'>nobody</span> <span m='106800'>really</span> <span m='107030'>concentrates</span> <span m='107690'>on.</span> <span m='108280'>The</span> <span m='108960'>idea</span> <span m='109510'>and</span> <span m='109680'>the</span> <span m='109760'>golden</span> <span m='110890'>coin</span> <span m='111420'>is</span> <span m='112150'>knowing</span> <span m='112450'>that</span> <span m='112720'>every</span> <span m='113010'>student</span> <span m='113390'>learns</span> <span m='113640'>differently.</span> <span m='114350'>And</span> <span m='114510'>knowing</span> <span m='114900'>every</span> <span m='115350'>individual</span> <span m='116100'>learning</span> <span m='116440'>style</span> <span m='116890'>would</span> <span m='117390'>really</span> <span m='118160'>help</span> <span m='118510'>and</span> <span m='118610'>assist</span> <span m='118690'>students</span> <span m='119070'>to achieve.</span> </p><p><span m='120210'>There</span> <span m='120450'>are</span> <span m='120540'>a</span> <span m='120680'>lot</span> <span m='120970'>of</span> <span m='121190'>good</span> <span m='121590'>areas</span> <span m='122140'>in</span> <span m='122230'>education.</span> <span m='122820'>Right</span> <span m='123050'>now</span> <span m='123250'>education</span> <span m='125720'>gets</span> <span m='125970'>caught</span> <span m='126310'>left</span> <span m='126590'>and</span> <span m='126700'>right</span> <span m='126960'>with</span> <span m='127100'>the</span> <span m='127180'>budget</span> <span m='127610'>and</span> <span m='127730'>funding.</span> <span m='128979'>But</span> <span m='129340'>if</span> <span m='129500'>you</span> <span m='129650'>want</span> <span m='129789'>to</span> <span m='129830'>go</span> <span m='129990'>into</span> <span m='130190'>education,</span> <span m='131260'>try</span> <span m='131470'>to</span> <span m='131600'>look</span> <span m='131770'>at</span> <span m='131860'>the</span> <span m='131950'>fields</span> <span m='132330'>in</span> <span m='132420'>math.</span> <span m='133210'>Try</span> <span m='133400'>to</span> <span m='133500'>look</span> <span m='133700'>at</span> <span m='133840'>the</span> <span m='133940'>fields</span> <span m='134270'>in</span> <span m='134380'>special</span> <span m='134770'>education.</span> <span m='135140'>There</span> <span m='135510'>are</span> <span m='135850'>a</span> <span m='135950'>lot</span> <span m='136170'>of</span> <span m='136290'>jobs</span> <span m='136580'>available in</span> <span m='136950'>science,</span> <span m='137400'>math,</span> <span m='137640'>and</span> <span m='137730'>special</span> <span m='138090'>education.</span> <span m='138640'>So</span> <span m='138920'>if</span> <span m='139180'>you</span> <span m='139300'>want</span> <span m='139440'>to</span> <span m='140550'>go</span> <span m='140680'>into</span> <span m='140870'>education,</span> <span m='141680'>please</span> <span m='141900'>explore</span> <span m='142270'>those</span> <span 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