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School culture

I am a novice Assistant Principal. I have arrived in a school with a dynamic principal who is dedicated to making our school an exciting and energizing place to me. I work with the curriculum and instruction aspect of the school and have attempted to implement some new programs this year.

I am trying to figure out a way to help my staff get on board with what we are attempting to do, all the while trying to understand that everyone is not going to like it, some people may actively discourage and undermine our efforts, and some people may stand in the shadows and wait for things to unfold.

I am currently engaged in research school culture and how to continue the push forward in our building. I am excited about what we are doing, I just am trying to figure out how to make it last.

For anyone with suggestions on helping me through this new adventure please feel free to contact me via email at zmwm3@goldmail.etsu.edu and please put “Novice Assistant Principal” in the subject line. Any ideas provided should be professional in nature. If the advice is multifaceted please provide the steps involved in the process.

Thanks for helping me out.


Matthew McCarty