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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Coleman Tech: Building New Schools To Make The World A Better Place

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Dr. Nicole Wahab is the Executive Director of Coleman Tech Charter High School. She taught elementary, middle, and high school, and then realized that she wanted to build her own school.

Degree: Education - Educational Administration and Supervision
Job Title: Executive Director
Employer: Coleman Tech Charter High School

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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Happ, ?]</span> <span m='3654'>and</span> <span m='4059'>I</span> <span m='4500'>am</span> <span m='4830'>a</span> <span m='5290'>executive</span> <span m='5773'>director</span> <span m='6256'>of a charter</span> <span m='6739'>school.</span> <span m='7222'>What does</span> <span m='7705'>that mean?</span> <span m='8188'>Well,</span> <span m='8671'>funny,</span> <span m='9160'>charter</span> <span m='9530'>schools</span> <span m='9810'>are</span> <span m='10570'>obviously</span> <span m='11370'>a</span> <span m='11540'>public</span> <span m='11720'>school</span> <span m='12120'>in the</span> <span m='12180'>state</span> <span m='12400'>of</span> <span m='12460'>California,</span> <span m='13470'>and</span> <span m='13940'>it is</span> <span m='14410'>a</span> <span m='14470'>little</span> <span m='14760'>different</span> <span m='15035'>than just</span> <span m='15310'>being</span> <span m='15590'>a principal.</span> <span m='16390'>So a charter</span> <span m='16880'>school actually</span> <span m='17370'>starts</span> <span m='17860'>from the very</span> <span m='18350'>beginning</span> <span m='18840'>with a</span> <span m='19330'>charter,</span> <span m='20310'>and</span> <span m='20570'>you</span> <span m='20770'>write</span> <span m='21080'>that.</span> <span m='21350'>And in</span> <span m='21580'>my</span> <span m='21720'>case,</span> <span m='22070'>I</span> <span m='22220'>actually</span> <span m='22470'>got</span> <span m='22680'>a</span> <span m='22740'>chance</span> <span m='23010'>to</span> <span m='23140'>write</span> <span m='23410'>that,</span> <span m='24070'>so</span> <span m='24480'>that's</span> <span m='25090'>what</span> <span m='25260'>I do</span> <span m='25300'>on a daily</span> <span m='25660'>basis,</span> <span m='25860'>run</span> <span m='26145'>a</span> <span m='26430'>high</span> <span m='26680'>school</span> <span m='27330'>and</span> <span m='28430'>definitely</span> <span m='29080'>implement</span> <span m='29560'>a school</span> <span m='29760'>reform</span> <span m='30135'>initiative</span> <span m='30570'>for</span> <span m='30730'>the</span> <span m='30950'>state</span> <span m='31130'>of</span> <span m='31180'>California.</span> </p><p><span m='32299'>How</span> <span m='32439'>did</span> <span m='32500'>I</span> <span m='32640'>get</span> <span m='32890'>there?</span> <span m='33150'>That's a good</span> <span m='33530'>question.</span> <span m='34470'>So</span> <span m='35280'>I</span> <span m='35350'>went</span> <span m='35500'>to</span> <span m='35570'>school.</span> <span m='36190'>I</span> <span m='36280'>have</span> <span m='36470'>a</span> <span m='36490'>bachelor's</span> <span m='36950'>degree</span> <span m='37460'>in</span> <span m='37610'>liberal</span> <span m='37700'>studies,</span> <span m='38240'>thinking</span> <span m='38860'>that</span> <span m='39010'>I</span> <span m='39090'>wanted</span> <span m='39380'>to</span> <span m='39450'>be</span> <span m='39610'>a</span> <span m='39660'>teacher.</span> <span m='40070'>Made</span> <span m='40330'>a</span> <span m='40380'>lot</span> <span m='40550'>of sense.</span> </p><p><span m='41125'>So</span> <span m='41560'>finished</span> <span m='41850'>that</span> <span m='42210'>up.</span> <span m='42570'>After</span> <span m='42950'>I</span> <span m='43010'>became</span> <span m='43350'>a</span> <span m='43380'>teacher,</span> <span m='43780'>I got</span> <span m='43940'>a</span> <span m='43990'>master's</span> <span m='44420'>degree</span> <span m='44790'>in</span> <span m='45410'>education</span> <span m='45980'>administration.</span> <span m='47240'>Education</span> <span m='47710'>administration</span> <span m='48460'>is</span> <span m='48945'>a</span> <span m='49430'>field</span> <span m='50400'>where</span> <span m='51310'>you</span> <span m='51530'>are</span> <span m='51670'>able</span> <span m='52060'>to</span> <span m='52240'>become</span> <span m='52910'>a</span> <span m='53020'>principle</span> <span m='53650'>or</span> <span m='53690'>director</span> <span m='54095'>or</span> <span m='54500'>different</span> <span m='54850'>things</span> <span m='55060'>at</span> <span m='55190'>the</span> <span m='55940'>administration</span> <span m='56690'>level</span> <span m='57420'>of</span> <span m='57802'>schools.</span> <span m='58950'>During</span> <span m='59170'>that</span> <span m='59390'>process,</span> <span m='59990'>I</span> <span m='60130'>taught</span> <span m='60400'>elementary</span> <span m='60890'>school,</span> <span m='61150'>middle</span> <span m='61410'>school,</span> <span m='61820'>and</span> <span m='62450'>high</span> <span m='62640'>school,</span> <span m='63300'>and</span> <span m='63500'>when</span> <span m='63870'>I</span> <span m='64010'>started</span> <span m='64400'>doing</span> <span m='64750'>that</span> <span m='65069'>is</span> <span m='65280'>when</span> <span m='65540'>I</span> <span m='65630'>realized,</span> <span m='66330'>wait</span> <span m='66580'>a</span> <span m='66640'>minute,</span> <span m='67190'>I</span> <span m='67350'>went</span> <span m='67510'>to be a</span> <span m='67690'>high</span> <span m='67880'>school</span> <span m='68140'>administrator.</span> <span m='69150'>So</span> <span m='69300'>then</span> <span m='69480'>I</span> <span m='69540'>became</span> <span m='69870'>a</span> <span m='69900'>high</span> <span m='70050'>school</span> <span m='70350'>principle.</span> </p><p><span m='71140'>I</span> <span m='71330'>also</span> <span m='71560'>got</span> <span m='71770'>my</span> <span m='71890'>doctorate</span> <span m='72490'>in</span> <span m='72590'>education</span> <span m='73090'>administration</span> <span m='73430'>in</span> <span m='73770'>2006,</span> <span m='74640'>and</span> <span m='75100'>that</span> <span m='75560'>led</span> <span m='76020'>me</span> <span m='76480'>to what</span> <span m='76940'>was the new</span> <span m='77400'>boom</span> <span m='77860'>of school</span> <span m='78320'>reform.</span> <span m='79700'>School</span> <span m='80130'>reform,</span> <span m='80380'>you ask?</span> <span m='80710'>What</span> <span m='81110'>is</span> <span m='81240'>that?</span> <span m='81580'>It meant</span> <span m='82010'>that,</span> <span m='82440'>wow,</span> <span m='82810'>for</span> <span m='82950'>the</span> <span m='83050'>first</span> <span m='83350'>time,</span> <span m='83630'>you can</span> <span m='83940'>actually</span> <span m='84230'>build</span> <span m='84525'>and design</span> <span m='84820'>your own</span> <span m='85313'>school</span> <span m='86300'>using</span> <span m='87140'>the</span> <span m='87320'>knowledge</span> <span m='87650'>that</span> <span m='87980'>you</span> <span m='88080'>have,</span> <span m='88650'>not</span> <span m='88800'>only</span> <span m='89000'>for</span> <span m='89120'>your</span> <span m='89290'>training</span> <span m='89970'>and</span> <span m='90140'>from your</span> <span m='90350'>educational</span> <span m='90910'>path,</span> <span m='91700'>but</span> <span m='92530'>from</span> <span m='92940'>everything</span> <span m='93410'>around</span> <span m='93810'>that</span> <span m='93990'>you</span> <span m='94110'>know,</span> <span m='95540'>culturally</span> <span m='96295'>and</span> <span m='96610'>worldwide.</span> </p><p><span m='97972'>So</span> <span m='98880'>what</span> <span m='99370'>motivated</span> <span m='99820'>me</span> <span m='99920'>to take</span> <span m='100020'>this job?</span> <span m='100310'>I'll</span> <span m='100720'>tell you.</span> <span m='101530'>You.</span> <span m='102460'>Kids</span> <span m='102900'>motivated</span> <span m='103340'>me</span> <span m='103440'>to</span> <span m='103540'>take</span> <span m='103760'>this</span> <span m='103940'>job.</span> <span m='104500'>I</span> <span m='104680'>wanted</span> <span m='104830'>to</span> <span m='104910'>make</span> <span m='105110'>the</span> <span m='105200'>world</span> <span m='105440'>a</span> <span m='105490'>better</span> <span m='105910'>place,</span> <span m='106560'>and</span> <span m='107250'>look</span> <span m='107520'>at</span> <span m='107620'>me.</span> <span m='108100'>I</span> <span m='108270'>got</span> <span m='108500'>to</span> <span m='108580'>do</span> <span m='108730'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='109540'>What</span> <span m='109710'>do I</span> <span m='109820'>wish</span> <span m='110060'>I</span> <span m='110130'>would</span> <span m='110290'>have</span> <span m='110380'>known</span> <span m='110670'>about</span> <span m='111020'>this</span> <span m='111340'>career?</span> <span m='112360'>I wish</span> <span m='112580'>I would</span> <span m='112880'>have</span> <span m='112970'>known</span> <span m='113640'>that it</span> <span m='114120'>was going to</span> <span m='114280'>take</span> <span m='114520'>a</span> <span m='114610'>lot</span> <span m='115240'>of</span> <span m='115480'>hours</span> <span m='116090'>of</span> <span m='116230'>my</span> <span m='116460'>time.</span> <span m='117220'>But</span> <span m='117630'>you know</span> <span m='118000'>what?</span> <span m='118380'>Every</span> <span m='118720'>job</span> <span m='119100'>worth</span> <span m='119440'>doing</span> <span m='119790'>is</span> <span m='119990'>going</span> <span m='120130'>to</span> <span m='120240'>take</span> <span m='120630'>some</span> <span m='120770'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='121420'>So</span> <span m='122280'>here's</span> <span m='122540'>my</span> <span m='122800'>advice</span> <span m='123040'>for</span> <span m='123180'>you.</span> <span m='123990'>Not</span> <span m='124270'>only</span> <span m='124710'>stay in</span> <span m='125120'>school</span> <span m='125610'>to</span> <span m='125810'>make</span> <span m='126020'>sure</span> <span m='126180'>that</span> <span m='126360'>you</span> <span m='126620'>do</span> <span m='126880'>what</span> <span m='127210'>you</span> <span m='127500'>want</span> <span m='128030'>to</span> <span m='128130'>do,</span> <span m='128830'>but</span> <span m='129229'>begin</span> <span m='129580'>with</span> <span m='129740'>the</span> <span m='129850'>end</span> <span m='130030'>in</span> <span m='130130'>mind.</span> <span m='130880'>Take</span> <span m='131160'>that</span> <span m='131390'>career</span> <span m='131720'>path.</span> <span m='132200'>Figure</span> <span m='132650'>out</span> <span m='132850'>what</span> <span m='133010'>is</span> <span m='133340'>that</span> <span m='133620'>you</span> <span m='133720'>want</span> <span m='133930'>to</span> <span m='134020'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='134580'>If</span> <span m='134710'>you</span> <span m='135020'>know</span> <span m='136150'>that</span> <span m='136380'>you</span> <span m='136840'>have</span> <span m='137050'>some</span> <span m='137340'>job</span> <span m='137700'>out</span> <span m='137900'>there</span> <span m='138400'>that's</span> <span m='138610'>going to</span> <span m='138700'>change</span> <span m='139300'>your</span> <span m='139440'>life,</span> <span m='140150'>then</span> <span m='140280'>all</span> <span m='140320'>you have</span> <span m='140690'>to do</span> <span m='140830'>is</span> <span m='141300'>pursue</span> <span m='141670'>that</span> <span m='141920'>passion.</span> <span m='142650'>And</span> <span m='143550'>this</span> <span m='143760'>is</span> <span m='143910'>true</span> <span m='144130'>statement,</span> <span m='145010'>as</span> <span m='145230'>long</span> <span m='145470'>as</span> <span m='145550'>you're</span> <span m='145710'>doing</span> <span m='145990'>what</span> <span m='146100'>you're</span> <span m='146210'>passionate</span> <span m='146660'>about,</span> <span m='147240'>you</span> <span m='147370'>don't</span> <span m='147510'>have</span> <span m='147820'>a</span> <span m='147880'>job.</span> <span m='148330'>You'll never</span> <span m='148605'>work</span> <span m='148880'>a day</span> <span m='149100'>in</span> <span m='149300'>your</span> <span m='149430'>life.</span> </p>","file":{"id":195569,"video_id":"2707782958001","name":"61642838","duration":150293,"thumbnail_url":null}});