Philosophy of Education
Education promotes excellence when holistically developing the mind, while helping a student foster a relationship with the larger community. Educating the whole child speaks to developing moral character and intelligence in a symbiotic relationship. What good is knowledge if it isn't put to good use for the grater good of humanity?
Vision for Learners
Each student learns and is motivated by different stimuli. A rigorous classroom will have a teacher willing and able to meet each child where they are. An engaging and evolving learning environment will accompany the student to new learning heights. Learning is not static; it should be constantly evolving and awakening curiosity. A principal is the lead teacher, who will act as an instructional mentor available for advice on best practices and strategies. The role of the principal in this is to provide support and materials. Support should be founded in solid educational practices while eliminating systemic hurdles.
Vision for Professional Growth
In order to keep pace with a changing world the mind must be constantly cultivated. The role of technology cannot be underestimated; as time goes on its importance and prevalence will only be compounded. At the present time integrating technology is the domain most in need of professional development. Hands on workshops and group classes can be promoted and shared. Creating an culture eager to learn more should be the common thread running from student, to teachers straight through to administration.
Philosophy of Learning Leadership
A principal’s goal within a school is to configure staff in a way that propels excellent education. As part of that it is incumbent upon the leader to view any decision through the lens of its possible pedagogical effects. All decisions within a school will in someway impact learning. Maintaining open lines of communication with all levels of staff will serve a two-pronged objective. Foremost open communication will bestow staff with a greater sense of purpose and pride. The more staff is invested, the better the educational outcome. Secondly it will serve to construct a multifaceted view of the school as a whole. Knowing the inner workings of all areas of a school form a more complete picture of the current status, thus informing the path to be taken toward amelioration.
Vision for Teachers
The teacher is most influential in setting the tone and expectations of a class of students. The relationship between student and teacher cannot be underestimated. The teacher who reflexively sees him or herself as a co-learner will adapt their teaching strategies to best suit the current needs of the individual student. The humility and honesty needed to calibrate effectiveness continuously is indelibly passed on to students through the teacher’s example. Through visible practice and spiritual guidance a class of students will push themselves further, based the example set forth by the most influential person in the classroom, the teacher.
Method of Vision Attainment
A school is an integrated machine; every member plays a pivotal role in creating the final product. The role of a principal is to orchestrate students, teacher, support staff and parents by communicating with influence, thus shaping strategic thinking to lead toward the common goal of preparing children for life. To accomplish this, the principal must exemplify drive and integrity by cultivating productive and working relationships. To this end open lines of collegial communication must be prominent as part of school culture.