Two minute lunch breaks.
Tough parent phone calls.
Sleepless Sundays before staff meetings.
Withdrawing a student.
Dealing with hardship and poverty.
Coping with tragedy.
These are some of the things that each of us have to deal with when we are at our schools. It can be messy, non-linear, chaotic, and continuous. But the reason that I do what I do each day is because I have daughters. They are young, and not yet in school. But they are coming into the education system in which I work. In which WE work.
So despite all of these things that come at us at a blinding pace on a daily basis, I am a Principal because I believe that I can make a difference. And I believe that YOU can make a difference, and together, WE will make a difference to this education system. And we will make a difference to each one of the students that are out there. Including my daughters. And if you ever doubted how important daughters are to their dads, and how important dads are to their daughters, please watch the following (Kleenex required).
That's why I do what I do. It's my reason, and I know that you have a similar passion for why you do what you do. And while all those things that make our job difficult can drag you down, it all pales in comparison to the reason we do what we do.
So on behalf of my daughters, I say "thank you" in advance for all that you do and why you do it.