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What School Leadership Looks Like: A Day in the Life of a Principal

By Jaclyn Borowski — June 20, 2022 1 min read
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For school principals, no two days are the same. Here is a photographic look at just one day in the life of two campus leaders.

Michael C. Brown, Principal, Winters Mill High School | Westminster, Md.

Principal Michael C. Brown, from left, talks to seniors Brady D’Anthony, 18, and Sydney Dryden, 17, at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Principal Michael C. Brown, left, talks with athletic director Jen Gosselin at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Principal Michael C. Brown talks with a student and her mother at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Principal Michael C. Brown, left, speaks with Assistant Principal Maria Martin at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Principal Michael C. Brown, left, chats with art teachers at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., on May 17, 2022.
Principal Michael C. Brown, right, watches a U.S History lesson where students are demonstrating line warfare at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., on May 17, 2022.

Manuela Haberer, Principal, Boone Elementary School | San Antonio, Texas

Manuela Haberer, center, principal at Boone Elementary School, talks with Norma Farrell, left, principal of Colonies North Elementary, at the conclusion of the Communities In Schools of San Antonio’s Keeping Kids In School Luncheon at the Westin San Antonio North in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, May 19, 2022. At right is Salma Cuellar, the Communities in Schools site coordinator for Boone Elementary.
Manuela Haberer, principal of Boone Elementary School, visits with kindergartners Amalia Cavazos, 6, and William Dyas, 6, during the Pennies for Literacy event in the school library in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Manuela Haberer, principal of Boone Elementary School, takes a selfie with Whataburger’s mascot, Whataguy, during the school’s Pennies for Literacy event in San Antonio, Texas on May 19, 2022.
Manuela Haberer, principal of Boone Elementary School, moves tables back into place after the Pennies for Literacy event at the school on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Manuela Haberer, principal of Boone Elementary School, changes from high heels into sandals in her office before heading outside to direct parents and students in the pick-up line at the conclusion of the school day on Thursday, May 19, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.
Boone Elementary School principal Manuela Haberer directs students and parents in the pick-up line at the conclusion of the school day on May 19, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.
After directing students and parents in the pick-up line outside in 100 degree heat, principal Manuela Haberer fans herself as she speaks with her secretary, Laura Stiles, outside Boone Elementary School’s main office in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Principal Manuela Haberer works on emails in her office at Boone Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas, at the end of the school day on May 19, 2022. Inspirational words and Wonder Woman stickers adorn her laptop. One of the Wonder Woman stickers includes the words “Love, Truth and Justice” and it was Wonder Woman’s motto that drew her into becoming a fan. “I put love into my work, live my truths, and my passion is working towards social justice each day,” Haberer said.

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Left, Principal Michael C. Brown talks on a radio at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., on May 17, 2022. Right, Boone Elementary School principal Manuela Haberer directs students and parents in the pick-up line at the conclusion of the school day on May 19, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.
Left, Principal Michael C. Brown talks on a radio at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Md., on May 17, 2022. Right, Boone Elementary School principal Manuela Haberer directs students and parents in the pick-up line at the conclusion of the school day on May 19, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.
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