The Principal Chronicles

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You can expect, maybe, that a principal will encounter dogs and cats and maybe the occasional squirrel, but a coffee can full of snakes?

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Administrators are hired for their abilities to work with students, teachers and parents. They are not hired for their abilities to work with animals. And yet…

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Some anecdotes are too short to merit their own short stories, but they’re still too good not to tell. These are four such anecdotes: four short short stories.

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When you teach for 32 years, you’re bound to have at least a couple students whose names – just their mention – make you smile.

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Students from other countries sometimes find it hard to fit in. Sometimes they’ve learned about our culture from watching movies. Sometimes that doesn’t help much.

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The author, now a vice-principal, decides – for very good reason – that he needs to buy a cellphone.

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Not all teachers are good. But even the bad ones can teach a young teacher something, if only what never to become.

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The first day of class, and the first student the author meets that day is a student who has no interest in being there.

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The author, now in his thirties, works at a school dedicated to students learning English as a second language. Some of their names are difficult to pronounce. Some – well – one – posed a real challenge.

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Mental illness is far more common than many people know. The author worked with several students and community members who had been dealing with a variety of conditions that made attending school a challenge.

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