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It’s that time of the season again where job postings start coming and the thrill and excitement of new ventures start dancing in my head. I wonder sometimes why the thrill of the unknown is such an exciting prospect? Obviously, I love what I do, but the idea of having my own building and developing my own team is something that I think about constantly.

Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do, but I don’t intend on being an assistant principal forever. In fact, the thought of doing this job for more than 10 years is a little scary. At some point, the AP role gets systematic and when you have your routines in place and they are working, thoughts of job advancement start creeping in the brain. I am at that point. The questions that are running around in my head are:

1. With all of the other things on my plate (grad school, young kids at home, a wife that is content where we are at, etc.) is taking this step the right thing to do?

2. What kind of school am I looking for? The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and I must say that the grass is pretty green where I am currently at.

3. As a fairly young AP, what is my growth ceiling?

4. Do I really want to be a principal for 25+ years?

As any administrator can see, the answers to these questions can cause a hemorrhage. I guess I need to think about it a little more.

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