The Perceptions of the Leadership Behaviors of Elementary School Principals Through Professional Experiences in Texas

The Perceptions of the Leadership Behaviors of Elementary School Principals Through Professional Experiences in Texas

Author: 
Kenneth Mack
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore and examine the perceptions of the leadership behaviors of elementary school principals based on previous experience from teachers and principals. The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1031 (80th Texas Legislature, 2007) and House Bill Three (HB 3, 81st Texas Legislature, 2009) to support elementary schools in strengthening educational structures and strategies for increasing principal engagement. Senate Bill 1031 and House Bill Three combined to form the House Bill Three Transition Plan that served as a new vision for education for Texas children. There is a leading absence of knowledge and emphasis placed on the perceptions within this initiative of the House Bill Three Transition Plan concerning the unrecognized cognizance of the leadership behaviors of elementary school principals from the primary aspect of Texas schoolteachers, principals, and administrators. The results indicated the perceptions of the leadership behaviors of elementary school principals established charisma, fostered student-to-teacher allegiance, promoted teacher-to-principal loyalty, and efficacy in the principals’ position
Dedication: 
To God Almighty, I give praise, honor, and glory! Without His spirit and my faith in Him, I could not have accomplished this work or overcome adversity throughout this journey. To my grandparents Addison and Bertha Lee Mack, who showed me unwavering support and guidance in my career and education and were instrumental with providing me the opportunities to broaden my knowledge about education. During this journey, God Almighty called them back to be with him. I thank them for providing me a strong foundation for building success. I love you and miss you dearly.
Acknowledgements: 
I want to thank my dissertation committee, Dr. Grant Sisk, Dr. Wawa Ngenge, and Dr. Rodney Luster for working with me through this process. The committee’s guidance was pivotal helping me understand the importance of approaches in researching subjects and accurately reporting data about the subject presented. Working with me on a one-on-one basis was instrumental in successful completion of this endeavor and provided me with a newfound respect for academicians who have achieved accomplishments thereof. Throughout this voyage, several individuals challenge and empowered me. A special thanks to James E. Sanders, Mary McNamara, and Bobby J. Matthews, for giving me direction to implement this vision. I respect your contributions to education and believe we all share the same passion for ensuring the children of tomorrow receive a quality education today. I always respected your wisdom and knowledge and I am certain this journey was as much a part of you as it was a part of me. During this journey, I met lifelong companions who shared supporting and coaching one another through tough times in school, life, and work. I want to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Al Dos Santos for being there when I was uncertain and needed guidance. I appreciate the School of Advanced Studies Staff and Curriculum for directing me to maintain focus on becoming better and how effective I can be as a resource for current and future instructional leaders.