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What would make an Assistant principal go back to being a teacher???
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If you have about 15 years of experience as an AP what would make one transfer to another district and be a teacher ??


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For one, admin is much different than teaching. I know the salary is more, but that's not everything. It's not the end all, be all. Some may not be happy in admin and go back to teaching. Admin can be rough. I know teaching is, too, but some people get sick of the commitment with admin (night events, sporting events, etc.) and the parents (think about parent complaints teachers get-admin gets probably around that same amount for all the teachers, on top of school complaints).

At my old school, last year, we had a really good AP in his first year. That school as a messed and fired him, basically because he tried to hold everyone accountable. He went back into teaching.
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different possibilities-
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1. mismanaged a situation and was told resign or else
2. ran afoul of some board member
3. let go for someone's relative and left in embarrassment
4. burned out (just like teachers do sometimes) and wanted to be in the classroom again
5. figured they weren't going to ever get to be a principal

I can see wanting to change districts if one wasn't successful in administration. Fifteen years stuck as an AP...
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I've known more than one....
Old 10-03-2019, 04:29 AM
 
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...principal who chucked administration and went back to teaching. In most cases, it was because they were tired of being the "bad guy" all the time and weren't highly enough motivated by money to stay in a job they hated. Principals who were good teachers sometimes hate the policies they are expected to enforce as much as teachers do. Did his financial situation change? I know one who went back to teaching after 18 years (as both AP and P) when his last child graduated from college.

A move to another district is pretty much the only way to go if a principal decides to hang it up because it's hard to work with people you have supervised.

In my experience, APs who are disgruntled about not being promoted usually apply for head principal jobs at other schools if they feel they're not ever going to get promoted in their current job. Same thing for principals who have gotten into some type of conflict or trouble; they usually just go to a different district as an administrator.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:21 AM
 
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We had an AP who decided to go back to teaching after she had her kids. I think teaching offered a bit less stress.


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Old 10-03-2019, 02:38 PM
 
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We had a superintendent who moved cross country and took a job as a middle school teacher.
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AP to classroom
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My district had 2 AP's go back to teaching last year. One of them even stayed in the our district. She said that being an admin was miserable and she didn't care about the money.

My own admin talks about going back to the classroom all time.
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One of our APís chose to go back to teaching this year because she felt being an Admin kept her away from her kids and husband. Money wasnít an issue and she was only an AP for 3 years.

I like this thread. I donít think I could ever handle being an administrator and I appreciate the perspective that teaching is a better option for some.
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My dad was a principal
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This was a long time ago, when we kids were young. He went back into the classroom because he worked long hours with meetings and dealing with school stuff. He wanted to have time for his family. Plus, he missed teaching. He was a principal for about 10 years.
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Admin isnt
Old 10-04-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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For everyone. Could be positive or negative reasons. Personally, I love teaching and have no desire to move to admin despite being given leadership positions over the years. Maybe they decided they wanted a change.


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Old 10-04-2019, 09:03 AM
 
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We had an assistant super. take a job as a principal in a seaside town where he wanted to retire.

His retirement was based on his salary as an assistant super. but he needed a few more years toward retirement.
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:17 AM
 
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I know a principal who became a full time teacher after being a very successful and beloved principal for twenty plus years. He retired. Then he did some consulting work for about a year or two. Then he went back into the classroom full time. After teaching for about five or six years he retired again. Now he is an administrator at a private school where he also teaches the occasional class. He is approximately 74/75 years old. He is greatly admired by everyone. He loves teaching.
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My husband left admin after 10 years to return to teaching. He missed the kids. He missed the peer relationship with other teachers. He grew tired of lots of his admin responsibilities (budget, angry parents, politics, etc).
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:51 PM
 
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I've worked for two principals who were fired. Both were told by HR to tell the staff that being an admin was keeping them from spending time with their families and that for their family's sake, they were going back to teaching in order to spend more time with them. The first one did it and the second one refused and told the real story.
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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Our former principal moved out of state due to her husbandís job. She was comfortable as admin in our small private school, but didnít want to continue in that when she moved. She is now teaching in a public school.
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