Elementary school principals need to have experience in working in public education institutions. Principals are usually required to have some form of teaching certifications. In addition, principals need to have years of experience teaching elementary schools in addition to having experience in administration duties. Having a Master's in Educational Administration or Educational Leadership are highly desirable.
Principals provide leadership for their assigned elementary school. They create a curriculum and evaluate how well the teachers fulfill that curriculum. Principals help establish standards that teachers must meet at the end of the school year. In addition to creating goals for teachers and students, principals oversee any issues about school policy. They are responsible for creating solutions to school issues. This include parental concerns about their child's education and building operations. Principals then send reports to the superintendent about the status of their school. They are also responsible for hiring, training, and reviewing staff. Principals coordinate after-school and extra-curricular activities. This duty involves creating a budget and coordination with the city. At the end of the school year, principals evaluate how well teachers have done with regards to meeting state standards.
Principals work with the city or municipality and typically work from August to July, the typical school year. Principals are recommended, and often required, to attend classes and conferences to create new goals and standards during school breaks. During the school year, principals mainly work with other education administrators and office workers. Often times they help guide teachers in creating lesson plans.
Elementary School Principal Tasks
- Ensure compliance with all laws, implement emergency plans, and establish safety regulations.
- Hire, supervise, and evaluate school teaching staff, administrative staff, kitchen staff, and custodians.
- Establish academic and behavioral standards for students and administer student discipline.
- Oversee school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
- Communicate school goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, the community, and school board.