Some of you may know Mr. McQuaid as a special education teacher, but for a couple of months this year he is subbing in as Dean for Mr. Young while he is recovering from hip surgery.
“What surprised me most was how much I am liking it,” Mr McQuaid said.
“The day goes by faster”
“It’s a lot different than being in the classroom” Mr. McQuaid said. You have a lot of different tasks you have to do.
When you are a teacher every single day you aren’t really used to dealing with kids who are being bullied, or getting in trouble in class. “Being a dean you handle discipline, bullying issues,” said Mrs.Pena, who was a dean for two years before becoming an assistant principal. “The hardest part about being dean is listening to all the sides of the story,” Mrs. Pena said
For Mr. McQuaid, improving relationships with teachers is key for reducing discipline issues and improving student success.
“I would rather have kids meet with one of their teacher as a detention than them going down to the cafeteria after school,” Mr. McQuaid said. In the morning he meets with the students who have not gone to their detention the previous day and makes them pick a day when they are able to attend. He also suggests that students ask their teachers if they can come to them to after school for detention to bring their grade up rather than go sit in the cafeteria. “Most of the same kids come in, I have gotten to know them very quickly,” Mr McQuaid said. Ridley’s discipline policy seems to be fair for the students.
There are a lot of things that a dean has to do throughout the day. “Log entries for kids who get written up get sent right up to my computer,” Mr. McQuaid said. The major thing everyone gets called down for is dress code. When someone gets in trouble for dress code he asks them for their shirt size or pant size so they can change into appropriate clothing.
Some students may go into the dean’s office every day for the same thing or because they missed their detention for the previous day. “Most of the same kids come in, I have gotten to know them very quickly,” Mr McQuaid said.
Mrs. Pena knows what the Deans go through.
“I really enjoyed getting to know all of the kids, some of the kids even came to me for advice. It wasn’t always about kids getting in trouble,” Mrs. Pena said.