…. I haven’t heard so many people refer to the principal as “this principal” (in a negative tone) in a long time. Oh there were those that didn’t like her, some that had their ups and downs with her, but none had the smug “I’ve outlasted bad principals before, I’ll outlast this one too” attitude.
…. It also shocked me when the vice-principal had to send out an apology email for the checklists he sent out, primarily for the new teachers, because some teachers automatically assumed he thought they didn’t know how to do their jobs.
…. Add to that all the negative comments and attitudes, directed towards the principal again, for every new idea she asks us to try – and every new procedure that was mandated by the district that she passes along.
…. But the first feelings of regret at being where I am were in these series of notes from the custodian responsible for my classroom:
…. This one didn’t bother me at all, it’s kind of bossy, but at least it isn’t condescending or talking to me like I was a 9th grader.
…. This one was a little less nice. It was good that he brought to my attention that the kids were writing on the accordion wall, but the note is more than a little condescending.
…. I took all the notes to the principal to get a feel for how this would be reacted to. One of the things I’ve learned is that in a school there are two people you really do not want to piss off – the main secretary and the custodian. They can make your life a hell of a lot more miserable than even the principal. So I wanted her input. Got more than I wanted, she found the notes even more insulting than I did and insisted on talking to the custodian herself.
…. If I don’t answer the phone in the next week, you may want to have someone check out those new bushes planted at the back of the soccer field.