After a particularly difficult day, I walked into her office, closed the door, and slumped down in a chair. I spilled a detailed account of the day and expressed my frustration. She calmly listened and what she said next changed me as an educator and as an administrator.
My philosophy as a director was, if the teachers are happy, the children are happy and if the children are happy, the parents are happy. While that formula is not 100% I promise in most situations happy teachers will make an administrator's job much easier. Happy teachers do not come without a lot of time and nurturing from the administration. So, how do you create a culture where your teachers feel safe, challenged, and encouraged?