‘Taking time to connect with students can remind you that it’s all going to be okay’

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Tara Bainbridge is the new principal at Clear Lake Elementary School. It’s her first posting at an elementary school. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Tara Bainbridge is the new principal at Clear Lake Elementary School. It’s her first posting at an elementary school. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

 

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The daily life of a principal can get more than hectic at times. Between meeting with staff, phone calls from parents and an endless roll of red tape, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture.

When that happens, Tara Baldridge, the new principal at Clear Lake Elementary School, finds a way to connect with her students; it might mean jumping rope with them, sitting beside them as they learn or as simple as pulling out a thank you note from a prior student.

“Deadlines and phone calls and everything else is important, but they’re not as important as a human being and not as important as our children,” Baldridge said. “Taking time to connect with the students can remind you it’s all going to be okay.”


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