The Principal Chronicles

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Every high school the author worked in had mice. While the traps caught many of them, they never caught them all. Each year that led to some… excitement.

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The author gives a tour of his high school to a retired bishop. At the very end of the tour, five young men ask the bishop and me who one of their friend looks like. “Who does this guy look like?”

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The Science Dep’t Head brings her kids to school and makes sure I don’t find out until the end of the day, because she’s concerned I might get in trouble for having them there.

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Two students find a stray puppy out front of the school and try to talk the author into watching it for the day until they can bring it to one of their homes.

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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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