A Day in the Life: Principal Peter Auffant
Bright and Early
My day typically begins between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. I have weekly meetings scheduled at 6:50 a.m. with a number of teams that I support. But at 7:45 a.m., I head to the front door to greet my students. It’s my favorite part of the day.
I’m in that front hallway – high five, handshake, fist bump. I love making sure that the kids are coming in and the first experience they have when they enter the building is a welcoming smile.
It provides me an opportunity to recognize the kids that have done something great – whether it’s something I notice in class or something they did in sports. It also offers an opportunity for me to pull aside a student I know is struggling and say, “hey, I’m glad you’re here today.”
I set up meetings with kids that way. If I see a student in the afternoon, I’ll ask them to come check-in with me in the morning. They know that I’m going to be there every single day to greet them.
Keeping in Touch
After that, I begin my daily schedule. I always start with classroom observations. There will absolutely be team meetings, individual check-ins with teachers or students, and community meetings that happen during the day as well.
I really try to position myself in a support role for everybody who is here. I see it as the principal’s responsibility to work with the community to develop our school mission and make sure we are doing the work that we have committed to doing. I also have to figure out how we are going to design and carry out school improvements. It is really exiting work.
3:15 p.m. Send-Off
At 3:15, I am there at the door saying goodbye to the kids, telling them “I will see you in the morning.” That time is really important to me.
I’ll also have a number of team or individual meetings that will happen after school. I often meet with the administrative team to take a “temperature check” on where we are, determine what has been successful, and what we need to address. I ask them, “How are we ensuring that we’re on target to reach our long-range goals?” I’m typically here until 5:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
At the end of the day, I’m exhausted. But, I love working in schools. Being a school principal is the absolute best job in the world.