This staff member profile of Elementary Principal, Bill Hayes, ran in the Dayton Daily News in January.
In a small district like Greeneview, staff members and administrators must wear many hats. In the case of elementary principal, Bill Hayes, he wears more hats (and socks) than most. Mr. Hayes has humbly served the district as a teacher and principal for 37 years. He began his teaching career at Greeneview in 1981 and has served as our elementary principal since 1989.
On opening day this fall, all staff members encircled our meeting space arranged from most to least senior. Principal Hayes led the lineup, followed by teachers Della Weidel, Marcia Coates, and Jane Cross who have also committed over 34 years to the students of Greeneview. The message that day was we have much to learn from each other. As a team, each member adds value and insight on how to best serve students. Part of this exercise was a reminder that new staff has much to learn from those who know the community, have endured the numerous changes pressed upon schools, and have persevered, not driven by wealth, but driven by the growth of students they teach.
Few exemplify this growth mindset more than Mr. Hayes. Bill’s strengths, according to the Clifton StrengthsFinder, paint a picture of the leadership style he employs. He is a learner and is driven to continue to grow. Bill is the go-to partner for administrators when they need to think through the strategic details on educational leadership. He has worked tirelessly to develop a professional development program for his staff that focuses on growth and connectedness with students, colleagues, and the community. These strengths are a basis for his leadership, but none are more evident than his positive connections.
Mr. Hayes can be seen each day walking the hallways and greeting students by name, nurturing connections with individual kids along the way. It has become a tradition for the elementary students to stop Mr. Hayes in the hallway and ask him to see his socks. He stops for each request, pulls up his pant leg and shows off his Happy Socks. They are colorful, and sometimes follow a theme that matches his tie. However, sometimes they don’t match each other, but Bill believes Happy Socks don’t need to match. Socks are fun, socks tell a story and socks help nurture relationships. He is masterful at making connections with staff and students, taking time to oblige each request for things simple, playful or complex. He is a kid at heart and these daily connections with students continue to energize and fuel a career devoted to nurturing student’s love and curiosity for learning.
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