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Veteran vs New Staff: Leadership and Decision Making

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During my second year of teaching, I was only 20 years old.

Our school had teachers do home visits before the school year started, so the child could get to know their teacher before entering the classroom.

I remember one home visit distinctly because the child’s mom came on so strong.

“How old are you? Do you have a college degree? Are you in a relationship? Have you ever provided childcare before?”

She interrogated me.

I remember thinking, “This woman’s going to eat me alive!”

The insecurity I felt is really common for new teachers. They don’t know how to be a leader yet, and they’re too green to conduct themselves with discretion and grace.

On the other hand, veteran teachers have a lot more self-assurance because of their years of experience.

In this week’s podcast episode, I’m talking about the difference between new and veteran teachers when it comes to leadership and decision-making. 

Join me for a conversation about:

  • The pros and cons of both types of teachers when it comes to curriculum planning
  • Types of classroom management guidance you can offer veteran and new teachers
  • Inherent advantages veteran teachers have when it comes to parent communication
  • Guidance you can provide new teachers when it comes to crises and professional boundaries


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

As you discern how to best guide and show appreciation for both veteran and new staff, you may be looking for personalized ideas and guidance. During a Schools of Excellence Leadership Day Intensive, you’ll get a full day of on-demand, in-school training with me, plus various accountability check-ins, to help you and your team build a stronger, healthier center.

Nurturing your staff is an ongoing endeavor, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. For continuous coaching and support, I encourage you to apply for our Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. As a member, you’ll gain access to tools, resources, coaching, and community that will help you as you work toward building a school of excellence.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don’t miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!