Thank Principals, It’s October

National Principal’s Month

It’s National Principal’s Month, and I wanted to take the time to celebrate our principals. Principals are the unsung heroes of our schools. Our principals and principals across the United States have some of the most challenging jobs in education. It’s a high risk, low reward job. If something terrible happens in a school, the principal is the most at risk.  However, if something good happens in schools, the school leader is last to receive any accolades.  We have to change this narrative and celebrate our school leaders.

Lifting Our School Leaders

Dr. McKinney
Dr. McKinney is the Principal of the RCS Middle and High Schools.

That’s where we come in. As parents, board members, and central office folks, we have the power to change the narrative for principals. Principals are the CEOs of their schools. We have to celebrate them just as much as we celebrate classroom teachers. If you have classroom teachers doing exceptionally well, there’s a good chance it is because of the principals’ support.  Principals coach teachers, give them feedback and hold teachers accountable for ensuring your children learn.

Thank a Principal

Mrs. Arcuri
Mrs. Arcuri is the principal of Riverhead Charter Elementary School.

Not to mention our principals at the Riverhead Charter School are uniquely outstanding. Both have different skill sets that work for their buildings. Yet, they put their egos aside to collaborate on whole school projects that improve our school. Our schools are better thanks to the leadership of Mrs. Arcuri and Dr. McKinney.  Our building leaders are empathetic to the needs of our parents.  They both lead with integrity, and prior to Covid-19, they were battle-tested.

AOS Podcast

AOS Podcast
AOS Podcast is a podcast of Black Principals sharing their truths.

Lastly, I want to shine the spotlight on the AOS podcast. The podcast features three school leaders, an Alpha, Omega, and a Sigma, three representatives of the Divine Nine Fraternities and Sororities. They each have unique perspectives and personalities that shine. Each show I learn tremendously. If you see a principal, please acknowledge them. Trust me when I tell you, being a principal is no easy task. Happy Principal’s Month!
Shout out to D. Ball, D. McGuire, and Dr. Smith.

Published by Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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