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What These Retiring Principals Will Never Forget

By Denisa R. Superville

Many principals spend more than 60 hours a week doing school-related work.

Classroom observations. Basketball games. School bus duties. Hallway high-fives with students. Meetings. Meetings. Meetings.

Those activities add up to countless hours and encounters over a career, with each encounter leaving behind a unique imprint.

Education Week asked four principals who are retiring this year to share a memory of their life in education that will stay with them long after they’ve handed in their key cards and said goodbye to their teachers and students. What’s that thing, that student, that experience they won’t forget?

The memories the principals shared are paeans to education and why they stayed for so many years.