As part of Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week, we are highlighting all our principals with a Q and A session to give you some more insight into who they are, and what they do. Please enjoy the following from Walker-Grant Middle School Principal Mrs. Hinrichs;
What inspired you to choose education for your profession?
"I was very fortunate to have wonderful teachers who believed in me and encouraged me in school. Learning came easily for me, so when it came to choosing a profession, teaching was a natural progression. I like serving others and continue to think that educating young people is noble and fulfilling work."
What do you most enjoy about being a principal?
"I like working collaboratively with various stakeholders- faculty and staff, students, parents, central office administration, and the community to enact change, promote growth, and resolve problems. No two days are ever the same, so I continue to learn something new everyday either about teaching, learning, people, or about myself."
What do you want your students to know about you or, in general, that you feel is important for them to know?
"I would like students to know that I believe in them and I am excited for what the future holds for them. I want them to know that the sky is the limit and if they can think it, they can do it. I want them to use their gifts of leadership to make the world a better place. Lastly, I want them to know that I will do whatever I can to help them be successful."
Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to hear. (Example, favorite food that people might not think you eat, hobby that you have that would surprise people, etc.
"I have a few things, but the most interesting one is that I had chance to work for a casting agency and helped cast actors for commercials and a few movies. I loved working behind the scenes on movie sets, as well as in front of the camera. I had small speaking roles in a few training films and an episode of a TV show. I also appeared as an extra in commercials, and in a few made for TV movies, as well as a major motion picture. It’s a real team effort to produce the final product, so I really enjoyed seeing the work of directors, camera operators, boom operators, best boys, grips, and gaffers working behind the scenes."