Signs You Might Be a School Administrator.

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You associate the Winter Music Program with at least 3 students becoming suddenly ill.  On stage.

When you think about report card day, your first thought is about how many times your phone will ring that evening.Signs.

You consider a 3-day weekend to be an extended mental health break.

You know of a countdown to summer vacation.  In January.

You tense up when someone says “Do you have a minute?”

You really tense up when someone says “I’m not one who normally complains, but…”

Your monthly calendar starts and stops on School Board Meeting night.

You consider your day to be good or bad depending on how the lunch hour went.

The word “busses” makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Getting home early means you are only 45 minutes late.

When eating out, you sit on the side of the table that allows you to see people coming towards you.

You associate “I need a sub” with “Ugh.”

When your phone rings, you automatically think it’s bad news.  See: “I need a sub.”

You know people who believe “change” is a 4-letter word.

While shopping, you avoid parents by ducking into another aisle.

Supervision of ballgames makes you wonder why you just didn’t become a police officer.

You can tell if a student is lying by simply looking at them.

You’ve broken up a fight.  Between adults.

You can no longer hear the bells ring between classes, but you can hear a student mumble your name from 200 yards away.

Retirement Dinners are considered a “Date Night” with your spouse.

At least one parent has used your name in a sentence as a curse word.

You find snow days enjoyable.  You find the day before a snow day (when students/staff are anticipating it) miserable.

You know your desk has a top.  You just can’t remember the last time you saw it.

Last but not least (additions are welcome), you have the ability to raise your voice to a level that instantly makes hundreds of children stop dead in their tracks.

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8 Responses to “Signs You Might Be a School Administrator.”


  1. Pam Franklin
    on Dec 11th, 2009
    @ 10:55 pm

    Shouldn’t you have something in there about making people mad? I thought they must give you guys special tips on that when you get your administrator’s license! ;-)


  2. Christy
    on Dec 12th, 2009
    @ 12:23 am

    I love this. My students think it’s amazing that I can tell, from across the room with their backs turned while hiding behind their best friend, that they have their cell phone out….and I can catch them cursing in a room full of people all talking.

    mwa ha ha.


  3. mcorbett76
    on Dec 12th, 2009
    @ 6:53 am

    I’m not sure why students are amazed when I hear them whisper something to their neighbors, see them pass a note, or know when they’re doing something wrong, all with my back turned…I do it regularly, yet they are always surprised…lol. These are skills I’ve gained naturally over time rather than anything taught. On-the-job-training, as it were.


  4. Jessica aka: PrincipalJ
    on Dec 12th, 2009
    @ 7:25 am

    Fun post! Here’s some to add:
    -You know you’re an administrator when…you freeze your tush off morning and afternoon for parking lot duty to make sure no angry parents make a mess of the drop-off/pick-up zone.
    -You do get to enjoy a snow day in peace…but that’s after waking up at 4am to check the weather and wait for the call from the Superintendent so you can start the calling tree to staff. Then enjoying the snow day means, actually getting some work done in your office without interruptions.
    -You walk into the staff lounge and everyone stops talking immediately.
    -You take tylenol/excedrine every day…right before lunch room duty.
    -Your lunch usually consists of something in liquid form because its the easiest thing to eat when you’re constantly on the move.
    -When you make it through an entire day without being yelled/sworn at or having to call the police, you wonder what’s building up for the next day.


  5. Bhenderson
    on Dec 12th, 2009
    @ 8:38 am

    You know you’re an administrator when….

    - You realize the question, “Are you busy?” really isn’t a question…it is a sentence starter.


  6. Dave Meister
    on Dec 12th, 2009
    @ 9:25 am

    When teachers from your district start posting on the blogs of administrators in the neighboring district about how mad you make them! And yes we did have a course on that. And yep, that was my only A. They still use my project as the model!


  7. Adrian
    on Jan 7th, 2010
    @ 2:10 pm

    I usually do not comment. However this is a nice post.


  8. Dallas Funk
    on Feb 4th, 2012
    @ 8:13 pm

    Great blog. It’s good to hear from other school administrators.

    I’m not sure how you have time, but keep writing.

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