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ERIC Number: EJ941511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Building Trust, Forging Relationships
Principal Leadership, v11 n9 p20-25 May 2011
Scott Andrews was a former guidance counselor with no experience in school administration when he became Amityville Memorial High School's principal in 2004, but he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in psychology--including a doctorate--to the position. He also quickly recruited Peter Hutchison, a special education teacher, to be an assistant principal. With their combined expertise and experience in working with high-needs populations, they focused on building trust and forging relationships to begin turning around a failing school. Amityville serves grades 10-12 in Amityville Union Free School District in Suffolk County, New York. Initially, Andrews, Hutchison, and a small number of supportive staff members focused on what Andrews refers to as "the four Rs": (1) relevance; (2) respect; (3) responsibility; and (4) relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
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Language: English
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