HMS Principal Selection Survey Results Summary December 3, 2014

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2 39 Comments: Summary (comments mentioned more than once) Mentions Comment 8 engage parents, communicate with parents, respond to parents concerns, engage community 6 emphasis on academics, academic success, academic achievement, high quality education 5 visible, engaged, create vision, motivate, positive leader 5 support teachers and staff ; inspire teachers 5 handle edicts from DCSS, deal with politics of DCSS, little to do with DeKalb County administration 3 experienced leader 3 understand middle school children 3 hold teachers accountable, address deficits in teaching 2 hire good teachers and staff 2 do the best for school and community, help teachers and parents do best for students 2 experience with culturally diverse school, sensitive to other cultures 2 all of the [qualities] above 2 hire from outside Henederson, hire from outside Dekalb 2 high expectations for all Page 2 of 11

3 11 Other Reponses Summary (mentioned more than once) Mentions Other Response 2 hold people accountable, skills of teachers 2 strong disciplinarian, control students 2 support quality education, academic excellence Page 3 of 11

4 24 Comments: Summary (comments mentioned more than once) Mentions Comment 6 engaged principal, not an office manager, help out in classroom, principal that cares, cares for kids, In the halls interacting with the students 6 hire quality teachers and staff, how to work around incredible number of ridiculous obstacles in DeKalb System to hiring teachers 4 Sets the tone, balanced and positive, give students freedom to grow in positive manner, change negative, punitive environment 3 student achievement 2 all of the [responsibilities] above 2 communication with teachers, supports teachers 2 leader, strong leadership 2 challenge all students of all levels, more opportunities for intellectual enrichment 2 not focus on higher test scores, not teaching to a test Page 4 of 11

5 15 Comments Summarized is always looking ahead needs to think operationally and strategically clearly articulate the goals and vision to the staff and parents have autonomy control of school but not micro-manage be very self-confident taking a slow methodical approach a team builder willing to work with the outgoing principal lets the teachers do their work in the classroom not someone that layers on paperwork upon paperwork a positive, energetic leader who can energize HMS one who leads by example does not micromanage Continued next page Page 5 of 11

6 11 Other Responses Locker rooms and deficiencies in our facilities study life balance Safety of all involved. Engaged and qualified teachers! Dealing with the incredibly large numbers of students we have in this building. Food service Communication Creating a positive environment class size; meeting the needs of all students Academic excellence Disciplinary issues Continued next page Page 6 of 11

7 206 Responses Summarized (responses mentioned more than once) Mentions Response 51 student achievement, academic achievement, student success, learning, student success beyond testing 22 hire and retain quality teachers, good teachers, build strong staff, 20 building construction renovations 16 Students of all levels, challenge all students, all students get a good education 14 support teachers, teacher morale, staff development, teacher empowerment 12 diversity, success of all demographics 11 safe learning environment, safety, security 11 positive learning environment, engaging students, positive atmosphere, change negative atmosphere 10 good communication, communications with families, staff communication, community outreach, open door policy 10 seamless transition, smooth transition, keep things going 8 replace outdated technology, slow computers, classroom technology, need reliable computers 8 leadership, lead by example 7 discipline, student behavior 5 Ms. Allen, Ms. Allen handles the school, leadership of Ms. Allen 5 locker rooms, weight rooms 4 No bullying, no physical or emotional bullying 4 preparing students for high school 4 respect, honesty, trust 3 Lower class size, overcrowding 3 Students with disabilities or ELL, SWD population, special education 2 hold teachers accountable, weed out poor teachers 2 student social growth Continued next page Page 7 of 11

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9 207 Responses Summarized Responses related to discriminating factors, such as age, gender or ethnicity, have been omitted. Mentions Response 37 supports teachers, empowers teachers, autonomy, champions teachers, instructional leader 32 leader, leadership, strong leader, not my way or the highway 25 good communication, communicator, clearly communicate 23 like Ms. Allen, Ms. Allen clone, as close as possible to Ms. Allen, Ms. Allen s shoes are hard to fill, look to past principal 18 innovative, new ideas, initiate change, creative, vision, visionary, strategic 17 understands middle school students 16 good listener, willing to listen, open 14 engaged, interested in everything happening in the building, visible, involved, hands-on, avid hall-walker 14 caring, warm, compassionate, nurturing, patient, understanding 13 academic achievement, challenge students, develop strong academic achievement, pride in learning 13 hire and retain quality teachers, identify and attract good teachers, get the right people in the rights seats on the bus, build strong teams 12 approachable, easy to talk to, personable, nice, friendly 12 flexible, adapts 12 positive role model, leads by example, setting the tone 12 students, loves students, student focused, student success 12 collaborative, team builder, team player, breaks down walls between teachers in school, consensus builder 11 dynamic, energetic, enthusiasm 10 [supports] arts, sports, music, extracurricular activities, world languages 10 best interests of school, willing to do anything for students, dedicated to children 10 decisive 10 high expectations, sets goals, high standards 10 experience as educator, experienced teacher, experienced 10 intelligent, thinker, educated 9 go to bat for Henderson with County, stand-up to bureaucracy, works well with dysfunctional DCSS bureaucracy, [handle] bureaucracy and unreliable guidance from DeKalb BOE, handle DeKalb County 9 experience in a middle school 9 not a micro-manager 9 fair, no nonsense 8 staff development 8 confident 7 handle construction, handles renovations 7 embrace diversity, respect diversity, meets needs of diverse student population 7 positive, positive attitude Page 9 of 11

10 6 experience managing educational professionals experienced administrator 6 long-term, invested in the school, commitment to the school 6 welcomes parent involvement, listens to parents, considers changes from parents 6 manages staff, staff oversight, manage school 6 hold teachers accountable, demand competence, help teacher who need improvement, remove rude and unhappy teachers, handle problem or inadequate teachers 6 partners with students, parents, teachers and staff, partners with community 5 achievement, student achievement 5 disciplinarian, [handle] discipline 5 effective, gets things done, problem solver, capable 5 honest, authentic, trustworthy 5 seamless transition, don t make a lot of changes, no immediate changes, keep great things 4 bilingual, fluent in Spanish 4 understands educational challenges, familiar with current educational techniques, improve education, progressive programs 4 [promotes] positive environment, healthy learning environment, nurturing environment, 4 experience as principal 4 committed to gifted education, understands needs of gifted students 4 integrity 4 open door policy 4 [provide] safe environment, safety, secure 4 proactive 3 sensitive to need of community, understand community, works with community 3 improve HMS, improvements, 3 inspires 3 motivational, engaging 3 not afraid 3 open-minded 3 respectful 3 risk taker 3 hard worker, strong work ethic, go the extra mile 2 articulate 2 competent 2 family-oriented, builds strong relationships with families 2 firm 2 dedicated, devoted 2 passionate 2 works with PTA 2 professional 2 reliable 2 respected, respected by students 2 [promotes] special education 2 improve classroom technology 2 chosen by school, not a member of friends and family network, not chosen by administration 2 familiar with middle school curriculum, not teaching to the test 2 help non English speaking students, understands Hispanic population 2 funny, sense of humor Page 10 of 11

11 2 School pride, not let HMS deteriorate 1 considerate 1 experience as assistant principal 1 experience is a high school 1 motivated 1 calm demeanor 1 [provide] clean campus 1 [understands] balanced study-home life 1 handle challenges 1 like Dr. Jackson of Henderson Mill Elementary 1 multitalented 1 not a coach 1 observant 1 on-time 1 organized 1 eliminate unnecessary policies, not using threats and endless rules, regulations to create order 1 previous success 1 realistic 1 demand single unified website End of Results Page 11 of 11

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