Movies and television shows often portray school principals and vice principals as harsh and intimidating. At Cape Elizabeth High School, though, the school administrators seem are approachable.
When asked about Principal Shedd and Vice Principal Carpenter, CEHS senior Matthew Fishbein says, “Carpenter is an extremely nice guy. Shedd takes criticism, but runs the school very well.”
While students get to see administrators on a daily basis, they don’t get to see the reality of their day-to-day responsibilities.
Being a school administrator comes with pressure and high expectations. There's a lot of preparation involved.
When asked how he prepares himself for his job every morning, Principal Shedd said, “That’s essentially why I come in early every morning to work: so that I can print out my calendar and think through what meetings I have.”
Vice Principal Mr. Carpenter, on the other hand, has a slightly different approach. “It’s hard. As soon as you walk in the door, you are instantly bombarded with questions, or you instantly put your game face on. There is no rest period until you leave; it’s just go, go, go, go, go, go!”
As you can see, each person is very busy, and has a lot of work, but they have different methods of accomplishing this.
Another fact most kids don’t take into consideration is that school administrators didn’t always aspire to have that job.
“I always wanted to be a musician, but I’ve never been good enough. Music was my thing in school and in high school, and to some extent in college as well. Although I was decent, I was not outstanding, so I had to look to other things,” said Shedd.
Similarly, Carpenter considered other career paths. “It’s such a hard question because you’re asked it from third grade on. I don’t think you should ever think about that in terms of ‘jobs.’ To me, that’s always been too specific. I have always wanted to help people; I have always loved sports. I never thought I’d end up being a teacher or a high school principal. I just love working with people, so I ended up getting lucky in finding this career.”
Shedd and Carpenter have prepared students for life outside of high school and have strived to make it fit each student’s needs.