Why are all administrators former English teachers?

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  1. Aces

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    Aha okay. I think that's partly why mine is so hectic because I'm moving schools and districts. There's a lot of paperwork and general craziness between that.
     
  2. futuremathsprof

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    Yeah, I don’t know how you do it. I’m a prominent figure in my school and I pretty much know the inner workings of the school and everyone in it already, so I essentially have a “home-court advantage.”
     
  3. Aces

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    Haha sometimes you have to take the risk and go for it. And in the end this school is significantly closer to my house so that's a plus.
     
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    I worked at a district that seemed to favor PE teachers as admin. It was amazing to note how many, including the Superintendent, had been PE teachers. Doesn't make a difference if they do a good job, but simply curious by district, perhaps.
     
  5. TrademarkTer

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    Congrats, but I can't imagine an administrator here teaching not only one, but TWO classes. You're being stretched too thin.
     
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  6. ms.irene

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    I have taught at four different secondary schools, and have had five different principals -- only one was a former English teacher. Three were Social Studies, one was RSP (I think?). Of our three APs at my current school, one was Social Studies, one was music, and one was kindergarten/high school guidance counselor.
     
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    My admins now is a former first grade teacher. The one before her was a special ed teacher. The one before that was a high school math teacher. The math teacher had no clue what an elementary classroom looked like or should sound like. She expected them to come in sit down and learn. Hello they were 5 doesn't work that way. We had a former band director as a principal both at middle and high school. Now he's an asst. super and well I think he's not effective leader in anyway shape or form.
     
  8. YoungTeacherGuy

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    My principal and I are both former elementary teachers.
     
  9. futuremathsprof

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    Naw, I don’t feel I am. I’ve been doing a lot of those things already and now I’m getting recognized and paid for it handsomely!
     
  10. teacherintexas

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    My three favorite administrators have been science teachers.
     
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    We have the same, but opposite problems with admins who have elementary background working as admins in secondary schools...they have no clue about how to enforce discipline for the older kids. I feel like teaching the level you want to admin for should be a no-brainer prerequisite!
     
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  12. TeacherNY

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    Not in my experience.
     
  13. ecteach

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    I have a better question: Why do all administrators have >5 years teaching experience? (Okay, I'm being naughty.)
     
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    My favorite admin was also a science teacher. Chemistry to be exact. I miss her. Sigh.
     
  15. Teacher234

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    I think this is a more of a generalization in a particular location. It seems to be a matter of coincidence and is not necessarily a sound conclusion. I have been to four different schools (all within my district) throughout the last 25 years. My administrator when I taught high school used to teach at the same college as me (he was an economics professor)---back in the mid-90s. My middle school admin was always an administrator. Elementary admin=used to be a special education teacher for a high school social studies class. She left the school a few years ago and is now a corrections officers. New elem admin=used to teach Art
     
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