"If you don't settle down, I'll send you to the principal's office!" For eons, it seems, teachers have used this threat to keep order in the classroom. It's not the best advertisement for the job of principal, to say the least.
But in reality, principals -- as well as other education administrators such as assistant principals, school district administrators, and college and university deans -- have highly rewarding and challenging jobs. They aren't simply disciplinarians -- they are the leaders of entire communities of learners.
Education administrators provide direction and day-to-day management of day care centers, preschools, schools, and colleges and universities. They also oversee educational programs for other institutions such as museums, businesses, and job-training organizations.
One of the United States' most famous universities is also its oldest. Harvard was founded way back in 1636.
Someone with strong leadership and communication skills, so you can interact effectively with students, parents, teachers, and community members. You'll want to be organized and efficient to juggle your many responsibilities. Effective education administrators are comfortable making both day-to-day and long-term decisions.
In smaller schools, education administrators may juggle many roles, from public affairs coordinator to curriculum developer. In larger schools, they tend to specialize in one area.