On today’s show, I have Nicholas Collins who is a middle school principal in southeastern Wisconsin.
Nicholas and I chat about his career path to becoming a principal, what he thinks people misconceive about his career, what he wished parents knew about his role, social media and the effect it has on a children’s school day, how he handles difficult situations (that occur nearly EVERY day), advice he’d give to aspiring principals and so much more.
Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!
Nicholas Collins | Middle School Principal in Southeast Wisconsin
In today’s episode, you’ll find out:
- How he became an Assistant Principal.
- Advice he would give to anyone who wants to work as a principal.
- One thing people misconceive about his job.
- The biggest struggle he’s experienced in his career as a principal.
- What he wishes parents knew about his role.
- His thoughts on social media and cell phones in schools.
Key takeaways from this episode
I fell in love with middle school from day 1. – Nicholas Collins
I found myself more and more drawn to working and building the capacity of adults. Leading other teachers, creating programs and curriculum. – Nicholas CollinsThere's never a boring day. Ever. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet
Over half of my student population is below the poverty line. – Nicholas CollinsIf cell phones and social media didn't exist, my job requirements would shrink by 25%. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet
As soon as 7 am hits, I basically surrender myself to the school. – Nicholas CollinsIn the world of inequality for kids, that phone may be the only thing that each family member has. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet
You know your kid, but you shouldn’t trust your kid completely. You need to check their phones. – Nicholas CollinsCell phones really don't have to be in the classroom or on them, ever, during school. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet
You have to be on from7:40 am to 3 pm. You don’t get a break. – Nicholas CollinsI wanted to impact more people. I wanted to impact an entire school. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet
You have to be flexible and willing to prioritize. – Nicholas CollinsThe number 1 thing I want parents to know is that I care about their kids. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet
Links to resources
- Day in the Life of a Stay at Home Mom Laura Collins
- Day in the Life of Middle School Spanish Teacher James Hinkle
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