As a principal, there are several traits I look for in teachers, and I would like to share seven of them with you:
- Have a good attitude about learning your curriculum, procedures, etc.
- Just because you have a college degree, does not mean you know everything.
- There is always room for improvement.
- Ask your school how they would want to do something—don’t assume you already know.
- We teach in a Christian school! Show the love of Christ! Even if the subject matter is hard or detailed, we should look for ways to apply it to our students’ lives.
- Integrate the Bible into subjects.
- We must show ourselves friendly to students and to parents. Pray for them and work at it! They have something to teach you!
- You cannot be buddies with the students. You must be balanced—be firm, fair (consistent), and do not show favorites.
- Build relationships with parents—write personal notes and make phone calls (don’t rely on emails or voicemail as they are too impersonal).
- Be faithful (in your place)
- Be loyal (support leaders—pray for them and write notes)
- Be kind (do acts of kindness)
- Be punctual (early is on time and on time is late)
- Be loving
- Be tenacious (don’t quit)
- Be joyful (be thankful)
- Be peaceful (create an atmosphere of peace)
- Be patient (wait for children to answer)
- Be gentle (take time to hear their troubles)
- Be righteous (not holier than thou—sharing your struggles to a certain extent shows that you are human)
- Show respect to those in authority. Teach it to your students.
- Do not demand respect from them, but earn it.
- Answer students with yes ma’am and yes sir.
- Be eager for your students to learn.
- Be creative so they will want to learn.
- Do the tasks that are assigned to you.