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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SECRETARY, IN-DEPTH: Wearer Of Many Hats

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This elementary school secretary describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. If you want to work in school administration, she suggests going to a school and shadowing the staff there, as well as being a substitute at schools.

Job Title: Elementary School Secretary

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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<span m='13620'>And</span> <span m='14030'>it</span> <span m='14160'>does</span> <span m='14370'>not</span> <span m='14640'>get</span> <span m='14800'>boring</span> <span m='15260'>in</span> <span m='15560'>any</span> <span m='17350'>way</span> <span m='18050'>or</span> <span m='18260'>fashion</span> <span m='18680'>does</span> <span m='18830'>it</span> <span m='18940'>ever</span> <span m='19110'>get</span> <span m='19310'>boring.</span> <span m='19720'>It's</span> <span m='21040'>a</span> <span m='21080'>demanding</span> <span m='21660'>job.</span> <span m='21940'>And</span> <span m='22220'>you</span> <span m='22270'>have</span> <span m='22680'>to</span> <span m='22850'>be</span> <span m='23830'>ready</span> <span m='24150'>to</span> <span m='24600'>help</span> <span m='24860'>anyone</span> <span m='25400'>at</span> <span m='25540'>any</span> <span m='25770'>time.</span> <span m='26600'>And</span> <span m='27100'>the</span> <span m='27240'>challenging</span> <span m='27770'>part</span> <span m='28130'>is</span> <span m='28570'>that</span> <span m='28790'>each</span> <span m='29060'>person's</span> <span m='30320'>need</span> <span m='30890'>is</span> <span m='31050'>important</span> <span m='31720'>to</span> <span m='31900'>them</span> <span m='32330'>for</span> <span m='32430'>what</span> <span m='32680'>they</span> <span m='32820'>need it</span> <span m='33240'>to</span> <span m='33370'>be</span> <span m='33810'>for.</span> <span m='34180'>So</span> <span m='35406'>I</span> <span m='35760'>keep</span> <span m='35990'>that</span> <span m='36180'>in</span> <span m='36240'>consideration</span> <span m='36920'>when</span> <span m='37060'>I</span> <span m='37120'>help</span> <span m='37400'>everybody</span> <span m='38490'>all</span> <span m='38700'>the</span> <span m='38780'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='40090'>Key</span> <span m='40310'>decisions</span> <span m='40840'>that</span> <span m='41010'>I</span> <span m='41090'>made</span> <span m='41600'>in</span> <span m='42320'>landing</span> <span m='42940'>or</span> <span m='43750'>this</span> <span m='43930'>being</span> <span m='44140'>my</span> <span m='44300'>career</span> <span m='45360'>where</span> <span m='45660'>I'm</span> <span m='45950'>at</span> <span m='46220'>today</span> <span m='47720'>was</span> <span m='48580'>getting</span> <span m='48980'>involved</span> <span m='49510'>in</span> <span m='49730'>the</span> <span m='49970'>school</span> <span m='50920'>district</span> <span m='51620'>and</span> <span m='51860'>the</span> <span m='52290'>school</span> <span m='52660'>community</span> <span m='53450'>where</span> <span m='53590'>my</span> <span m='53730'>children</span> <span m='54130'>were</span> <span m='54250'>going</span> <span m='54550'>to</span> <span m='54680'>school,</span> <span m='55140'>being</span> <span m='55320'>a</span> <span m='55390'>part</span> <span m='55690'>of</span> <span m='55800'>their</span> <span m='55990'>lives</span> <span m='56480'>as</span> <span m='56630'>they</span> <span m='56740'>went</span> <span m='57050'>through</span> <span m='57290'>school.</span> <span m='58560'>Having</span> <span m='58920'>the</span> <span m='59020'>same</span> <span m='59280'>hours,</span> <span m='59780'>vacations,</span> <span m='60490'>days</span> <span m='60850'>as</span> <span m='61040'>them.</span> <span m='61890'>I</span> <span m='62240'>liked</span> <span m='62540'>that.</span> <span m='62790'>So</span> <span m='62900'>that</span> <span m='63140'>kept</span> <span m='63400'>me</span> <span m='63560'>working</span> <span m='63980'>in</span> <span m='64080'>the</span> <span m='64170'>school</span> <span m='64980'>district.</span> </p><p><span m='65660'>But</span> <span m='66240'>along</span> <span m='66650'>with</span> <span m='66800'>that,</span> <span m='67030'>knowing</span> <span m='67960'>that</span> <span m='68460'>what</span> <span m='68600'>I</span> <span m='68670'>wanted</span> <span m='69010'>to</span> <span m='69110'>do,</span> <span m='69420'>ultimately,</span> <span m='70000'>was</span> <span m='70440'>to</span> <span m='70860'>be</span> <span m='71040'>a</span> <span m='71130'>teacher.</span> <span m='71940'>And</span> <span m='73040'>going</span> <span m='73280'>to</span> <span m='73420'>school</span> <span m='74030'>while</span> <span m='74290'>working</span> <span m='74640'>full</span> <span m='74940'>time,</span> <span m='75380'>going</span> <span m='75610'>to</span> <span m='75710'>school</span> <span m='76010'>part</span> <span m='76330'>time,</span> <span m='76730'>kept</span> <span m='77000'>chipping</span> <span m='77390'>away</span> <span m='77580'>at</span> <span m='77750'>the</span> <span m='77870'>mountain,</span> <span m='78930'>knowing</span> <span m='79310'>that</span> <span m='79550'>there's</span> <span m='79680'>still</span> <span m='79940'>horizons</span> <span m='80710'>out</span> <span m='80900'>there</span> <span m='80980'>that</span> <span m='81160'>have</span> <span m='81410'>not</span> <span m='81690'>been</span> <span m='81930'>met.</span> <span m='82660'>Being</span> <span m='82920'>a</span> <span m='82980'>schoolteacher.</span> <span m='84420'>Even</span> <span m='84680'>taking</span> <span m='85080'>that a</span> <span m='85190'>step</span> <span m='85470'>further</span> <span m='85790'>and</span> <span m='85870'>being</span> <span m='86070'>a</span> <span m='86130'>school</span> <span m='86460'>administrator.</span> <span m='87680'>A</span> <span m='87740'>lot</span> <span m='87940'>of</span> <span m='88020'>people</span> <span m='88880'>keep</span> <span m='89140'>climbing</span> <span m='89510'>the</span> <span m='89620'>ladder</span> <span m='89970'>and</span> <span m='90070'>maybe</span> <span m='90320'>even</span> <span m='90510'>going</span> <span m='90800'>up to</span> <span m='91000'>district.</span> <span m='91530'>So</span> <span m='91720'>it</span> <span m='91840'>really</span> <span m='92140'>is</span> <span m='92360'>never</span> <span m='92660'>ending.</span> <span m='93110'>It</span> <span m='93210'>just</span> <span m='93390'>depends</span> <span m='93840'>on</span> <span m='94330'>how</span> <span m='94480'>much</span> <span m='94670'>time</span> <span m='95080'>and</span> <span m='95300'>effort</span> <span m='95600'>you</span> <span m='95720'>want</span> <span m='95900'>to</span> <span m='95970'>put</span> <span m='96160'>into</span> <span m='96570'>it</span> <span m='97040'>and</span> <span m='97260'>where</span> <span m='97470'>you</span> <span m='97610'>want</span> <span m='97840'>to</span> <span m='97990'>end</span> <span m='98220'>up</span> <span m='98440'>as</span> <span m='98660'>the</span> <span m='98700'>final</span> <span m='99080'>goal.</span> </p><p><span m='101140'>Getting</span> <span m='101450'>into</span> <span m='101740'>this</span> <span m='101960'>industry,</span> <span m='102740'>the</span> <span m='103110'>school</span> <span m='103420'>secretary</span> <span m='104130'>position,</span> <span m='105890'>it's</span> <span m='106150'>a</span> <span m='106210'>little</span> <span m='106440'>tougher</span> <span m='106800'>nowadays</span> <span m='107470'>because</span> <span m='107810'>there's</span> <span m='108020'>not</span> <span m='108630'>quite</span> <span m='108770'>as</span> <span m='108890'>many</span> <span m='109150'>openings.</span> <span m='110320'>It's a</span> <span m='110450'>secure</span> <span m='110940'>job.</span> <span m='111650'>Secretaries</span> <span m='112340'>that</span> <span m='112840'>have</span> <span m='113100'>the</span> <span m='113220'>job,</span> <span m='113520'>they</span> <span m='113630'>do</span> <span m='113850'>like</span> <span m='114190'>it.</span> <span m='114400'>They</span> <span m='114540'>enjoy</span> <span m='114930'>it.</span> <span m='115870'>They</span> <span m='116040'>don't</span> <span m='116310'>come</span> <span m='116540'>and</span> <span m='116660'>go</span> <span m='116930'>very</span> <span m='117190'>quickly.</span> <span m='117680'>So</span> <span m='117840'>they're</span> <span m='118080'>in their</span> <span m='118230'>job</span> <span m='118580'>for</span> <span m='118750'>a</span> <span m='118820'>while.</span> </p><p><span m='119980'>The</span> <span m='120070'>best</span> <span m='120360'>thing</span> <span m='120520'>to</span> <span m='120620'>do</span> <span m='120940'>is</span> <span m='121070'>to</span> <span m='121550'>be</span> <span m='121780'>willing</span> <span m='122060'>to</span> <span m='122150'>be</span> <span m='122260'>a</span> <span m='122320'>substitute.</span> <span m='123400'>Learn</span> <span m='123860'>the</span> <span m='124010'>job.</span> <span m='124365'>It's</span> <span m='124720'>kind of</span> <span m='124910'>like</span> <span m='125110'>internship.</span> <span m='125970'>You</span> <span m='126060'>could</span> <span m='126210'>go</span> <span m='126360'>and</span> <span m='126440'>visit</span> <span m='126710'>the</span> <span m='126780'>school</span> <span m='127080'>of</span> <span m='127200'>say,</span> <span m='127330'>can</span> <span m='127550'>I</span> <span m='127600'>shadow</span> <span m='128020'>you</span> <span m='128675'>and</span> <span m='128940'>can</span> <span m='129130'>I</span> <span m='129210'>learn</span> <span m='129520'>more</span> <span m='129710'>about</span> <span m='129990'>your</span> <span m='130080'>job?</span> <span m='130419'>Because</span> <span m='130720'>that's</span> <span m='130940'>only</span> <span m='131170'>going</span> <span m='131300'>to</span> <span m='131340'>give</span> <span m='131580'>you</span> <span m='131790'>the</span> <span m='131920'>resources</span> <span m='132540'>and</span> <span m='132620'>the</span> <span m='132740'>tools</span> <span m='133210'>to</span> <span m='133320'>be</span> <span m='133850'>a</span> <span m='134000'>better</span> <span m='134650'>equipped</span> <span m='135100'>substitute,</span> <span m='136040'>which</span> <span m='136780'>can</span> <span m='137010'>only</span> <span m='137640'>benefit</span> <span m='138100'>you</span> <span m='138340'>and</span> <span m='138440'>not</span> <span m='139310'>go</span> <span m='139450'>against</span> <span m='139910'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='141010'>My</span> <span m='141120'>work</span> <span m='141400'>and</span> <span m='141510'>life</span> <span m='141850'>balance.</span> <span m='142840'>I</span> <span m='142940'>do</span> <span m='143080'>have</span> <span m='143240'>a</span> <span m='143310'>life</span> <span m='143610'>outside</span> <span m='143990'>of</span> <span m='144130'>work.</span> <span m='145790'>I</span> <span m='145910'>try</span> <span m='146130'>to</span> <span m='146340'>balance</span> <span m='146870'>that</span> <span m='147200'>with</span> <span m='147390'>leaving</span> <span m='147770'>work</span> <span m='148130'>at</span> <span m='148290'>work.</span> <span m='148590'>That</span> <span m='148810'>took</span> <span m='149010'>me many</span> <span m='149340'>years</span> <span m='149620'>to</span> <span m='149770'>learn</span> <span m='150070'>that.</span> <span m='150710'>And</span> <span m='150930'>I know</span> <span m='151000'>being</span> <span m='151370'>a</span> <span m='151440'>teacher</span> <span m='151810'>that's</span> <span m='151980'>something</span> <span m='152340'>that</span> <span m='152520'>you</span> <span m='152640'>don't</span> <span m='152860'>have</span> <span m='153240'>really</span> <span m='153460'>that</span> <span m='153640'>option.</span> <span m='154090'>You</span> <span m='154210'>do</span> <span m='154350'>have</span> <span m='154540'>to</span> <span m='154650'>take,</span> <span m='155010'>many</span> <span m='155830'>times,</span> <span m='156200'>your</span> <span m='156320'>work</span> <span m='156550'>home</span> <span m='156790'>with</span> <span m='156970'>you.</span> <span m='157530'>But</span> <span m='157670'>with</span> <span m='157810'>my</span> <span m='158000'>job,</span> <span m='158310'>I</span> <span m='158980'>learned</span> <span m='159300'>to</span> <span m='159380'>do</span> <span m='159580'>that,</span> <span m='159780'>leave</span> <span m='159880'>work</span> <span m='160200'>at</span> <span m='160310'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='160820'>I</span> <span m='160930'>had</span> <span m='161110'>a</span> <span m='161160'>boss that</span> <span m='161550'>told</span> <span m='161830'>me</span> <span m='161940'>that.</span> <span m='162180'>When</span> <span m='162280'>you</span> <span m='162380'>go</span> <span m='162550'>home</span> <span m='162900'>it's</span> <span m='163050'>family</span> <span m='163410'>time.</span> <span m='164180'>You</span> <span m='164300'>need</span> <span m='164470'>to</span> <span m='164580'>relax,</span> <span m='165160'>you</span> <span m='165280'>need</span> <span m='165510'>to</span> <span m='166080'>kind</span> <span m='166350'>of</span> <span m='166430'>just</span> <span m='166790'>regroup,</span> <span m='167440'>come</span> <span m='167670'>down</span> <span m='167960'>a</span> <span m='168010'>little</span> <span m='168280'>bit</span> <span m='168600'>and</span> <span m='169330'>get</span> <span m='169520'>ready</span> <span m='169710'>for</span> <span m='169810'>the</span> <span m='169920'>next</span> <span m='170260'>day.</span> <span m='170470'>So</span> <span m='170630'>I try and</span> <span m='170960'>keep</span> <span m='171440'>those</span> <span m='172100'>suggestions</span> <span m='172800'>in</span> <span m='172930'>mind.</span> <span m='173520'>So</span> <span m='173720'>when</span> <span m='173830'>I</span> <span m='173910'>come</span> <span m='174110'>back</span> <span m='174420'>the</span> <span m='174500'>next</span> <span m='174790'>day</span> <span m='175040'>I'm</span> <span m='175170'>ready</span> <span m='175380'>to</span> <span m='175480'>tackle</span> <span m='175890'>work</span> <span m='176150'>again</span> <span m='176890'>and</span> <span m='177130'>get</span> <span m='177450'>busy</span> <span m='177830'>doing</span> <span m='178070'>what</span> <span m='178220'>I</span> <span m='178300'>need</span> <span m='178610'>to do,</span> <span m='179130'>knowing</span> <span m='179440'>that</span> <span m='179750'>when</span> <span m='179910'>it's</span> <span m='180020'>time</span> <span m='180230'>to</span> <span m='180290'>go</span> <span m='180430'>home</span> <span m='181100'>there's</span> <span m='181310'>another</span> <span m='181570'>side</span> <span m='181820'>of</span> <span m='181900'>my</span> <span m='182030'>life</span> <span m='182300'>that</span> <span m='182490'>I'm</span> <span m='182620'>able</span> <span m='182900'>to</span> <span m='183510'>hopefully</span> <span m='184870'>help</span> <span m='185340'>balance</span> <span m='185970'>me</span> <span m='186250'>to</span> <span m='186380'>be</span> <span m='186660'>a</span> <span m='187310'>more</span> <span m='187680'>well</span> <span m='188010'>rounded</span> <span m='189250'>wife</span> <span m='189750'>and</span> <span m='189920'>mother,</span> <span m='190540'>grandmother</span> <span m='191180'>and</span> <span m='191480'>person.</span> <span m='193510'>Thank</span> <span m='193790'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255693,"video_id":"2701282625001","name":"68401394","duration":194667,"thumbnail_url":null}});