School Principal As Entrepreneur: Dreams Defeat Doubt in Designing New Elementary School

August 26, 2015 |

School doors open.

Bell rings.

Teachers and students kick off a whole new year.

Even for the most established schools, it’s never as simple as it seems.

For a brand new school, as with a brand new business, challenges are guaranteed.

Principal Matthew Brown leads the newly dedicated Diane Patrick Elementary in the Arlington school district. He’s spent hundreds of hours over the last year in a hard hat, surveying the ground-up construction of the building. But headgear won’t block some of the hazards of raising a brand new school.

“Everybody that I’m hiring on this campus is either a leader or they’re determined to be a leader. The challenge for me is to support them enough through the process to help them be the best they can be.”


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