Name: Josh Taylor
Job: School principal
Where: Southland Adventist Christian School, Invercargill (NZ)
What’s a typical day for you?
I’m not sure if there is ever a typical day in my job! Any given day could include writing reports, teaching students, driving our bus or managing finances—just to name a few.
Biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are numerous people who are experts in different areas and most people are willing to provide support when called upon.
What inspired you to become a teacher, and eventually a principal?
I became a teacher because I enjoyed working with kids and felt as though teaching was a great way to use my skills and talents for God. Becoming a principal was something I had aspired to since becoming a teacher and when the opportunity arose, I took it. I enjoy having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students.
Best part about your job?
The students. At a conference I attended this year, one of the speakers shared this quote: “When it gets too heavy—spend time with the kids.” I often remind myself that without the students there would be no school. I try to spend as much time with the students as possible as their bright personalities and positive attitudes are always a highlight of my day.
What qualifications do you need?
I have a Bachelor of Education which allows me to be a teacher and therefore a principal. You also need an open mind, and to be willing to listen and learn.
What’s one challenge you’ve faced?
One of the biggest challenges I have faced is learning how to manage the huge workload that comes with the job. Ensuring I prioritise the most important tasks is something I’m still trying to master.
Any advice for future teachers/principals?
Make sure you devote time each day to spend with God. Being an educator is very time consuming and it can be easy to get caught up with all that has to be done. Having a strong relationship with God will help you manage the stress and pressure that comes with the job.
Visit www.sacs.school.nz to learn more about Southland Adventist Christian School.