October 31, 2018 - Principal Appreciation in the AAPS

Principal Appreciation in the AAPS

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.

                                                            - Harold S. Geneen

Student artwork - leaves National Principals month each October presents a wonderful opportunity for us to express our gratitude to our AAPS principals. We are fortunate in the AAPS to benefit from a constellation of committed, competent, and caring principals, and while we recognize the importance of quality school leaders on every day of the year, we want to take advantage of this opportunity to publicly share our thanks today. 

We understand that the key to student success is a great teacher, classroom, and school. A necessary and fundamental ingredient to supporting and ensuring a great school is an excellent building leader. 

Certainly, leadership is more important than ever during the turbulent times we are experiencing in our country just now.  Strong leaders understand that individuals, students and staff, are surely impacted by the individual and collective experience we share, and they work diligently to maintain classrooms and schools as safe places for all, focused on teaching and learning. Doris Kearns Goodwin shares, referencing today's polarized world: "leadership in times of fracture and fear take on a singular urgency." Strong building leadership is critical to our success every day in the AAPS, even more so during these challenging times.  

Principals, I want to publicly thank you for your strong commitment and your tireless work; we recognize the long hours and often challenging circumstances in which you serve and support our students, staff and parents. We recognize the profound and positive difference you make in the lives of our students, their families, and our AAPS staff and community each day. 

This a great day in the Ann Arbor Public Schools to take a moment, if you haven't already, to thank a principal today. 


Jeanice K. Swift
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools