Russ Heath is the Principal of Taft Elementary School in the Mesa Public Schools District
This Q/A is edited for brevity and clarity
Q: We know there is no one way to become a principal. How did you get to where you are now?
A: I started as a teacher and always looked for opportunities to learn new skills and responsibility. This passion led me into administration. Baby steps taking on more and more and the encouragement from others to continue led me to my first assistant principal position and from there to the principalship.
Having someone already in that position who encourages you is a big deal and being at the right place at the right time also helps. Do not be afraid of taking a chance, including relocating, to get to your dream.