Dr. Ann Aust named principal at Meadowlark Elementary SchoolClemmons Courier Newspaper for Clemmons North Carolina with Clemmons real estate, land for sale, home for sale
...Dr. Ann Aust named principal at Meadowlark Elementary School Dr. Ann Aust By Summer Smith - Dr. Ann H. Aust is the new principal at Meadowlark Elementary School.
...Aust, who has served as assistant principal of Meadowlark since 1998, takes the position vacated by Charlene Davis.
...A native of Greensboro, Aust received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Wake Forest University.She holds a master's of education in administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to her duties as principal, which she assumed November 1, Aust also serves as the site supervisor for the Summer Academy at South Fork Elementary. Aust
did not decide to become an educator until she
was in college. "I was pre-law, and a professor of mine encouraged me to pursue a career in education.He
saw something in me that made him think I would do well in that field," Aust
explained."So I took a few courses and then decided to make the switch." After graduating from Wake Forest, Aust taught kindergarten at Speas Elementary School for five years.She took some time off to pursue her master's degree and resumed teaching as she was completing her doctorate.She taught first grade at Sherwood Forest Elementary for three years.
"I was getting ready to move up to the second grade at Sherwood when the assistant principal position came open here at Meadowlark
.I had thought about [school] administration in college and had always wanted to make that move. "I loved teaching, but I thought there was a better way to affect change for the total school population.I really wanted to understand the teacher/administrator relationship.When the Meadowlark job opened, it confirmed that this [administration] was what I wanted to do. "I found my niche," Aust
said. Aust and Davis had worked together at Sherwood, and as principal of Meadowlark it was Davis who hired Aust for the assistant position. Aust and Davis had worked together at Sherwood, and as principal of Meadowlark it was Davis who hired Aust for the assistant position.
fabulous," said Aust
really helped me learn the ins and outs of administration and was a great role model." Davis's example helped Aust
prepare for her
role as the school's leader. "Moving to principal was what I had been preparing to do, and it was a smooth transition for everybody." Aust also credits Toni Bigham, the other assistant superintendent for elementary education, for helping with the transition.
...Aust has found that, despite all her preparations, being the principal has required some adjusting.
"It's a big shift in responsibility.It's very different to be the person in charge of the budget, the teachers and the evaluations. "The biggest difference is that my sounding board is gone.People come to me with questions and expect me to be the answer.The buck stops here, and until you do the job you don't realize all that is involved." Aust
said the most challenging aspect of her
job is maintaining a balance between her
work and her
family, which includes a seven-year old daughter and a three-year old son. "I could easily spend 20 hours per day here at school, and I have to make sure I maintain a sense of balance.Time management is critical in this job." On the flipside, Aust said the most rewarding part of being a principal is sharing in the successes of both students and staff.
"Seeing the small, everyday successes for my students and teachers is very motivating.It makes me want to do better to make sure everyone feels that way each day." It seems fitting that Meadowlark Elementary's motto is "Search for Success." "My obligation is to ensure that every person in this building feels some type of success everyday and to ensure that my staff can provide that.All children have the right to the same quality of education, not just the same quantity, and that is what I try to embody." Aust
staff for striving towards the same goal.