Let me tell you about my dream principal…
This person cares. Not just says it, but shows it. He makes time to ask you a question and waits for an honest answer. This principal has 129 emails to get to, phone calls to make and meetings to attend but he will look you in the eye, listen and give you the time without rushing. Cliché as it sounds, he hears what you’re not saying and tries to help you out.
This principal respects differences. In a teaching culture where ‘best practice’ is prized, my dream principal knows that there are many best practices. He makes decisions for the whole team that honour the various strengths each member brings. There is not one mould of the perfect teacher in his eyes. He knows that upholding the uniqueness of each teacher is part of meeting the needs of each equally unique child.
There is not one mould of the perfect teacher in his eyes. He knows that upholding the uniqueness of each teacher is part of meeting the needs of each equally unique child.
Bourne of the differences in people, decisions can be tough to make. People will disagree, sometimes too vehemently. This principal is strong enough to listen. He is not immune to hurt but knows that through it, he must continue to care for everyone and consider others’ opinions.
Humility and service are trademark traits. This leader does not wait for someone to do the work he can do himself. He stacks chairs, sets up and packs up for meetings, loads and unloads the dishwasher… even when no one is looking. There is no job too lowly for him. He sees a need and addresses it. He reminds me of the greatest leader who washed His friends’ feet…
He reminds me of the greatest leader who washed His friends’ feet…
Ask my dream principal what guides him as he leads and he will say it with no qualms, ‘I follow Jesus’ example.’
Jesus lived and walked among the people he served and so you’ll see this person doing yard duties, connecting with students and staff.
Jesus showed compassion coupled with truth and so this principal, when correcting others, does so in love and in truth, exhorting as Jesus did, ‘Go and sin no more.’ Maybe not with those words exactly but with a similar spirit – not to condemn but to save.
It has been a privilege working alongside my dream principal.
He goes by the name of Chad Smit.
Out of love for his growing family and in obedience to God’s call, he is off to a new adventure as Principal of Devonport Christian School.
Here’s a snapshot of what students think about Mr. Smit…
The scene: My class playing Celebrity Heads
The ‘celebrity’: Mr Smit
Player: ‘Am I a girl’?
Player: ‘Am I a superhero?’
Class: ‘Sort of. Well, yes! Yes!’
True story. Everyone can see your superpowers, Chad.
Our Lord has gifted you with so much.
Thank you and see you around.