Qualities Principals Look for in Teachers
As you embark on your career in teaching, earning the goodwill and respect of the principal at your school will be important elements of your success. While each principal certainly has a different administrative style, there are certain qualities that all principals look for when interviewing prospective teachers.
"It's impossible to select one characteristic that sets a teacher candidate apart from others," Gary Cardwell, an elementary school principal in Texas, told Education World. "I would never use a single characteristic to employ a teacher, rather I consider many characteristics as parts of a mosaic that make up an entire picture."
Having an online teaching degree and a great resume are certainly the first steps to landing any teaching job. However, there are other qualities that teaching applicants must possess in order to set themselves apart from the pack.
To begin with, teachers must have a true passion for education and working with kids, and the drive to use any means necessary to help students succeed in school. The need for enthusiasm also ties into this highly desired quality.
Principals are also more likely to hire teachers who are creative. With many schools operating under smaller budgets than they have been used to in the past, principals are looking for teachers that can use the materials at their disposal - or find ways of gaining free materials - to create innovative lessons that will engage students.
In general, any applicants who can convey to a principal that they have the innate qualities that make a great educator will have a better chance of having a successful interview and becoming the school's newest hire.
This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a non-profit, accredited, online university. WGU's Teachers College offers multiple online degree programs for current teachers or those looking to become teachers. To find out more, please visit our website at www.wgu.edu.