Every October, communities celebrate principals and their devotion to students for National Principals Month.
The Daily Tar Heel spoke to three Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools principals to learn more about their experiences, goals and struggles.
Smith Middle School principal
Pamela McAllister is the principal of Smith Middle School and has worked in this role for just over two years.
She said her job is to facilitate instructional leadership and ensure students get what they need socially and emotionally to set up student success.
“We recently opened our family room and resource center to support our families and to build a bridge between our communities and our school,” she said.
She also said this work was inspired by a family needs survey that was sent to both students and families to ask where support was needed.
“My ultimate goal is to make sure that every student and their families feel like they are part of the Smith community," McAllister said. "Any work that we can do to help build that family and community engagement and involvement, I think that will help us make progress towards that goal."
She said she appreciates all the support she has received from CHCCS, which she said allows her to be the best administrator possible for both teachers and students.