Yesterday I was informed that according to USA Today, a school principal is listed as the top job people are happiest to hold. Peaking my curiosity, today I decided to check this “fact” and Googled USA Today. The feature acknowledges principals’ jobs are not always a “walk in the park,” but generally find their jobs rewarding and indeed ranks as number 1. The following poem I created last year for our Poetry Café expresses my view on this subject. Though I am not as intriguing as Poe, eloquent as Kilmer, or silly and humorous as Silverstein, my words reflect why I am happy to be a principal.
I know a place where you can find,
Smiling faces and words so kind.
I know a place where people care,
About each other’s best welfare.
I know a place where one can grow,
And reach for stars and personal goals.
I know a place where in the halls,
Oodles of artifacts deck the walls.
I know a place where kids are proud,
To celebrate successes, oh so loud.
I know a place where Sharks roam free,
It’s somewhere you would love to be.
Where kindness and respect are golden rules,
Of course….this place is Spaulding School!