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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership



First Reader/Committee Chair



This study was designed to provide insight into the daily life of administrators with the hope it would help to identify potential causes of principals leaving the profession within five years. Additionally, the study helps to prepare and inform educators and district leaders in how to support principals. It can also assist is preparing future principals for their administrative roles and what best supports participants to become successful administrators.

This study utilized a qualitative inquiry model as an autoethnography and is able to shed light on real life experiences. Data collection consisted of a journal of daily occurrences, a reflective personal journal, and a daily work calendar. Additionally there were artifacts such as letters and meeting notes. Data was coded and themed to create meaning. Central themes that emerged were behavior, attendance, trauma, and family involvement.