Sticking by Our Principals

Oct 9, 2020

An Update from Commissioner Infante-Green

One of the high points of my work as Commissioner of Education is the opportunity to visit individual schools across our great state. Nothing can match the thrill I get from meeting the students who bring so much energy, curiosity, and candor to the classroom. And nothing can match the pride I feel when their teachers tell me what their class is working hard to master and how it’s going today.

Every time I visit a new school, I am greeted by a principal who welcomes me with open arms and a smile. Unfailingly, the principal takes me through her or his school and introduces me to all the people who make their school a true community. Our principals tell me directly what is working, what their goals are for the school’s future, and what they need to do even more for their students.

Being a principal is tough job at any time. The core tasks run the gamut, from transportation coordinator to curriculum coach to recess monitor to maintenance advisor, the list goes on. And that doesn’t even include being there for a kid who had a tough day, giving advice to a brand-new teacher, or speaking with parents concerned about their child’s progress.

During these challenging times, the job has gotten even tougher. We asked our principals to plan for a range of scenarios to reopen their schools. We asked them to put the operational details in place to make those plans happen. And we ask them to make changes and adjustments as we learn more about what works and what doesn’t in the age of COVID. And time after time, at school after school, they step up and deliver.

As we head into this holiday weekend, I salute these leaders and thank you for all you have done for our students and our entire state.