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National Principals Month

October is National Principals Month, and we’d like to take a quick peek into the daily life of our two amazing principals here at APW!

Joseph Olsen, APW Junior-Senior High School Principal

Joe Olsen

What is a typical day like for you?

Everyday, I greet students when they come in; it’s about being visible. We make an effort to get into every classroom, every day and see what instruction looks like. We attend various committee meetings and there may be a few teacher evaluations.

What is your favorite part of being a principal?

It’s just working with the kids, meeting their needs and building relationships.


Julie Woolson, APW Elementary Principal

Julie Woolson

What is a typical day like for you?

I try to make my rounds around the building and into classrooms throughout the day to visit with kids and staff and see what's going on. I also try to check out online materials and videos teachers have posted. There is also a huge instructional component to the job-curricula, assessments, etc. Emails are always a part of the day-as is putting out fires (not literally speaking). I also try to speak to staff and parents when they call, email me or stop in.

What is your favorite part of being a principal?

I love our kids--always have--always will. They are amazing children. I love my staff, families and community. We may disagree at times, but I believe we are all trying to do what's best for the kids.