The title of headmaster is usually given to the senior teacher in a private school. A headmaster normally has only pastoral or managerial duties. They are a supervisor of teachers rather than a teacher in the classroom. Many times there are deputy heads that act as assistants to the headmaster.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Covey: Principle Centered Leadership
- Becoming a master manager
- The Trustee's Handbook, NAIS
Get your teacher certification and find employment at a school that has headmasters not administrators. They are out there.
Study your craft. Know your subject matter and make your classroom the envy of your peers.
Officiate in as many extra-collegiate activities in your school as possible. Become noticed by the school administration. Take part in as many events and meetings as your schedule allows.
Learn the administrative side of education. Become involved in budget decisions, the process of teacher retention and attraction and participate on discipline panels.
Go back to college and continue your education. Generalize your approach to your continued education.
Make it known that you are interested in administrative duties and glide into the headmaster position as someone to be mentored.
Tips and warnings
- A good headmaster is a generalist not necessarily a specialist.
- Mastery is not a term used to define a man or woman's rank. Mastery refers to the advanced knowledge of a person on a certain subject.
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