I'm in a large district in Central Florida. It's fairly
competitive and I am happy to report that I just completed
the administrative pool process. (I should be able to apply
in three weeks.) I'm excited about the possibility of
landing an AP position, but I am also aware of the fact that
most AP's in my county were deans or CRT's first.
I left the classroom years ago to work as a reading coach,
but I went on to take several years off to raise my
children. I've also worked with pre-service teachers as an
instructor at a large university. I completed a rigorous
leadership program that included a "hybrid" approach to the
administrative internship (in elementary and middle school
I'm torn between staying put in my current position (and
applying for AP positions) and aggressively seeking a
leadership position for next year. I've heard that it is
possible to move directly from the classroom (but unlikely).
Thoughts? Would you even CONSIDER hiring a candidate who is
currently in the classroom? I have fantastic qualifications
and have been told that it may be possible for me, but I'm
feeling unsure of the decision to stay put.
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