Researchers at the Wallace Foundation state that there is a "strong link between school leadership and improved student achievement." I remember my first day as an assistant principal. With great anticipation I began the morning and quickly discovered so many competing purposes: instructional leader, classroom observations, mentoring, coaching, student behavior, interventions, lunch duty, and the list goes on and on. I was drawn into the whirlwind, but I remembered my purpose to become a path changer each day for students. The whirlwind still existed, but being a path changer became my focus each day.
Georgia’s assistant principals support our students and play a key role in educating Georgia's future. Our school leaders make tremendous sacrifices for the advancement of those whom are the future of the great State of Georgia. I commend their dedication and commitment to the education of the students in our state.
Please take time this week to thank your assistant principal. For more information about National Assistant Principals Week visit www.nassp.org, www.naesp.org, or http://afsaadmin.org/.
Dr. Jessica Ainsworth, of the Douglas County School System, is the 2015 National Assistant Principal of the Year and Georgia Principal of the Year.