principal resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Profile

I am a well-qualified, positive, and hardworking educational leader who possesses strong leadership and relationship-building skills. These skills have been exhibited in various MPS and public charter school settings as a teacher, assistant principal, academy director and currently as a principal.

As a result of my experience, I am adept at challenging students to reach their full potential by ensuring that every student is progressing and is held to high expectations.

My educational philosophy is in alignment with author Robert DuFour's quote,

"Don't tell me that all children can learn, tell me what you're doing about those that don't".

Core Competencies
  • Knowledge of instructional best practices.
  • Effectively enforces school discipline plan.
  • Positive approach to working with staff, students and parents.
  • Promotes a positive teaching and learning environment.
  • Clear public speaking skills.
  • Experience working with special education teachers and students.
  • School Assessment Coordinator
  • MS Windows, Excel, Word, Internet, and Email.
Skills and Accomplishments

Strenthening the Learning Environment

Reduced the overall 2011-12 suspension rate for all students as compared to the current date of February 19, 2013: (Special Education students 15% to 8.3%) and (Non-Special Education students 12.9% to 5.8%).

Supporting and encouraging staff to effectively implement our school-wide PBIS plan and school-wide behavior management plans.

Increased the number of teachers who effectively use data journals to drive instruction.

Enforced the need for teachers to embed students weak skills in Reading and Math on a daily basis.

Facilitated grade level academic programs on a quarterly basis to reinforce information taught in the classroom.

Implemented a WKCE Pep Rally week to 'mentally' prepare students for this formal assessment.

Strengthening School Culture

Created a professional learning community through LEAD teachers to plan, develop and implement school-wide lesson plans, agendas for meetings, future professional development workshops and a plan of action to address teacher and/or student related concerns.

Public Speaking

Presented at the Madison Charter School Conference in December 2012 on the topics: School Governance and Contract Negotiations w/ Authorizers.

Work Experience
01/2012 to Current Principal Emergence Capital | San Francisco, CA,

Currently, I direct the overall day-to-day activities for Kathryn T. Daniels University Preparatory Academy with 240 students and 20 staff members. The scope of my duties include: staff and student recruitment, student discipline, evaluating staff performance, program initiatives, team-building, and creation of a safe, respectful and fair environment.

  • After collaborating with several staff members, we created six Core Values that must be exhibited by students and staff.
  • In addition, we began to focus on the positive rather than negative behaviors of our students and as a result, the following programs were implemented: Honor's Program, Student of the Week, Monthly Core Values Awards, and incentives given to the classes with an average monthly attendance rate of 95% or higher.
  • Earned positive verbal feedback from several parents,students and staff regarding school environment.
02/2002 to 02/2012 Academy Director Ednovate | Los Angeles, CA,

Assisted the principal with the day-to-day operations of the school with 500+ students in (grades 2 - 8) and 40+ staff members.

  • Enforced the school-wide student discipline plan that involved Rules, Procedures and Expectations leading to a reduction of classroom disruptions by 80%.
  • Routinely met with students' parents regarding in-class issues and learning interruptions to discuss solutions.
  • Served as the School Assessment Coordinator as well as chairperson of the Assessment Committee for 7 years.
  • Consistently and in a timely manner, provided staff feedback following classroom observations.
  • Facilitated in the implementation of academic and extracurricular activities.
  • After attending eight EdisonLearning Leadership Conferences, I presented several staff professional development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, data journals, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Collaborated with the Reading and Math coordinators to plan, develop and implement the 'After School Tutoring' and 'Summer School' programs for 8 years.
05/1993 to 07/2000 Assistant Principal Bridgeport Public Schools | Bridgeport, CT,

Malcolm X Academy, Craig Alternative, and Sholes Middle Schools

As a grade level AP, I engaged in the following day-to-day tasks:

  • Enforced the school's disciplinary code of conduct for students.
  • Facilitated activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Served as the 'principal' in charge during principal absences.
  • Created a Master Schedule for staff and students.
  • Served on a committee devoted to addressing the topic of educational equity among African-American, Hispanic and Native American students.
  • Participated in numerous parent, staff, and student conferences to address the academic and behavioral needs of students.
  • Participated in ongoing staff training sessions.
04/1983 to 07/1993 Special Education Teacher Milwaukee Public Schools | City, STATE,

Parkman/Andrew Douglass Middle School

  • Developed individual educational plans (IEP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development.
  • Established and enforced rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among LD students in a resource and self-contained setting of grades 7 & 8.
  • Routinely met with students' parents regarding in-class issues and learning interruptions to discuss soluti individual educational plans (IEP) designed to promote educational and social development.
  • Designed lesson plans focused on level-appropriate material.
  • Taught all subjects to Special Education students in a self-contained setting and/or resource room.
  • Team-taught with Science teacher to encourage student critical thinking and discussion in 8th grade Science course.
Education and Training
Expected in 2010 to to Master of Science | Administrative Leadership - Principal (K-12) National-Louis University, Chicago, IL GPA:

Earned an overall g.p.a. of 4.00 following the completion of coursework in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in school principalship.

Expected in 1987 to to Master of Science | Administrative Leadership-Adult Education University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI GPA:

Earned an overall g.p.a. of 3.47 following the completion of coursework in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in Adult Education.

Expected in 1983 to to Bachelor of Science | Special Education - LD(K-8) & CD(K-12) University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI GPA:

Earned an overall g.p.a. of 2.75 following the completion of coursework in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities (K-8) and Cognitive Disabilities (K-12).


Wisconsin Principal Certification, 2010-2015

10 - Director of Instruction

51 - Principal

Professional Development Plan (PDP) Trainer

received certificate on October 25, 2011

Community Involvement

Mentor female students in grades 6-8

Sunday School Teacher - 2002

Chairperson of Administrative Council Meeting 2003-2008

Chairperson of Worship Committee - 2012 - current


NAACP member - 2011

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School Attended

  • National-Louis University
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Job Titles Held:

  • Principal
  • Academy Director
  • Assistant Principal
  • Special Education Teacher


  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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