You may have an awesome program vision and mission. But without staffing and I mean good staffing, your program vision and mission will be ineffective. I was surprise on the turnover rate 40% in early care and education personnel in the U.S. (Center for the Child Care Workforce, 2004). This is due to high job stress, lack of administrative support, low compensation, and inadequate training (Hale-Jinks et al., 2006).
We need administrative support, better pay, and more quality training with these there will be less stress for teachers. The director plays a big role in early childcare education. They are in charge with both primary program personnel (direct service with children) and support program personnel (provide services for primary personnel). These two groups need each other to support the children in the education system. The director in my eyes is like the glue that keeps everything together and makes sure that everything is running smoothly.
This chapter was very important, this reminded me how everyone from primary program personnel to support program personnel is important to the education system and the director is the one who keep everything together.
As a teacher, I feel that my director (Principal) plays a big role in my career life. You see my passion is to teach and this person(s) makes it happen by having administration supporting me with all my needs and having my classroom environment as safe as it could be for me and my students.
So my hat goes off to all the directors who make my job easy ;-D!