The Principal of the Thing
Being a really good school principal takes a special sort of person. The 27 years I spent in schools I worked with quite a few. A couple I consider great, some really good, some good, and one who had as much business being a principal as a Kardashian has being a nun. Of all the principals I knew as a teacher, none could compare to the one I knew as a child, Mr. Niles Cherry.
He was elementary principal when I started school. Like most first graders, I was frightened of the unknown. He was there on that first day to welcome us with a smile and kind words. Some older siblings had started a rumor about his electric paddle, which was ridiculous but definitely served as a deterrent against bad behavior. No one wanted to find out for sure.
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