Midlothian ISD’s assistant principals participate in an Assistant Principal Academy. In the 2010-11 school year, there is one Academy session for the first semester and two sessions in the spring semester. One of the tasks in the first meeting was to answer three questions: (1) Why did you become an educator?, (2) What’s the best thing about being [an assistant] principal?, and (3) What’s really special about your school? Each Assistant Principal will be featured in a separate blog with the answers to the questions.
Mrs. Karena Blackwell is the assistant principal at Irvin Elementary School.
Q: Why did you become an educator?
I love everything about education. It is part of my family’s heritage as far back as my grandma teaching in a one-room school house. I enjoy building relationships with teachers, students, and parents – these three are an interwoven team that is strong. I like curriculum, learning new ways to be innovative, and seeing successes and growth in education.
Q: What’s the best thing about being [an assistant] principal?
One of the best things about [an assistant] principal is taking care of the teachers, so they can take care of their parents and students. Taking care of teachers means facilitating their educational growth, supporting the needs of their students’ academic [success] and being sensitive to their personal/family needs.
Q: What’s really special about your school?
J.R. Irvin is the little school with a big heart! All teachers take care of each other and take care of all students. Because we are small we take special pride in our warm climate and feel we offer something extra special.