Platteview student learns all about being a principal

Junior Susan Sherman sits at the principal’s desk while serving as principal for a day at Platteview High School.


Most high school students have an idea of what a principal does all day, but few really know that it’s more than just sitting at a desk.

Through being principal for the day recently, Platteview student Susan Sherman got to experience all that Principal Angela Simpson does.

“It’s a good learning experience,” the 17-year-old said.

Sherman said she helped in lunch duties, shadowed Simpson as she walked the halls and attended class meetings.

“It was kind of interesting listening to the same thing three times,” Sherman said of the meetings.

She wants to be an elementary school teacher, so she said the experience was good for her. She said Simpson, a former teacher, encouraged her by talking about the way a good teacher or principal can reach students.

“This is maybe a glimpse forward in what education is,” Simpson said.

She said it was good for students to experience the other side of education. Such programs help students see all that a principal does, from organizing meetings to dealing with students.

“She got to see my job from a different perspective, both the good and the bad,” Simpson said.

Simpson said Sherman was able to experience from a staff level what happens when students make positive or negative choices and how a principal can act to help students ultimately succeed.

Sherman is not the only one in her family who has served as principal for the day.

Her sister Laura administered over Platteview Central Junior High and her brother Scott is waiting to be named principal of Springfield Elementary.

The days were purchased by their mother, Brenda Sherman, a member of the Springfield Platteview Community school board, during a Springfield Platteview Foundation fundraiser.

“It’s kind of a cool thing that they do,” Brenda Sherman said.

Sherman said she appreciated her day of being principal and that she learned and did a lot:

“Principal Simpson does a lot of walking all over the school. She definitely did not sit the whole time.”

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