By Richard Lee Colvin for NAESP, an ACSA Affiliate
When Ryan Daniel became principal of Chillum Elementary School in 2017, she knew the school was located in a subsidized housing complex and that English was a second language for most of its students. She was also aware that the person she was replacing at the 360-student school in Hyattsville, Maryland, had been in the role for 19 years.
“I knew that change would be difficult for some and welcomed by others, and that there was work that had been started, but that the school yearned for new energy, new life, and fresh ideas,” says Daniel.
Rather than issuing directives, however, Daniel put her energies into ending the isolation some teachers felt and emphasizing teamwork.[…]