By: Jaqueline Vargas
Auuuuuuuuu!!! He is the most interesting man in the world. His head shines above all others. He is the head of the fire wolves, and you’ve guessed it… it’s Mr. Saba!
“I had, when I was a teacher, a principal that was a really good mentor and I looked up to him. He really helped me and encouraged me in seeing something in me in being a leader. He knew I was capable of being a principal one day. I believed him, and so here I am now,” said Anthony Saba, Samueli Academy school principal.
What is a leader? According to Dictionary.com, a leader is one who conducts, guides, or directs others; one who stands up and makes a difference. To be a principal, one has to take this leadership skill and manage everyone in the school, with the help of the staff. The attributes that make up a principal are: the first one being- striving to boost the school’s spirit, and second being to collaborate with both the teachers and the students. Most of all, to encourage all of the students that they can do whatever they set their mind to, and just pursue that goal that they wish to accomplish. Mr. Saba has given us a professional example of being a principal with all these attributes.
Mr. Saba graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, majoring in business administration. He states: “I wanted to make an impact on people my whole life,” he says.
He wants to see others succeed, and show them that they can accomplish even more than what they think they can. “We all, as staff members, just want to create positive impacts to your future, and know that the woman or man you become had something to do with us,” said Mr. Saba.
Mr. Saba mentions that he just wants to improve the lives and the futures of people, for example, not only the students, but the teacher’s as well. “For our teachers, we all support each other,” said Mr. Saba. “We want to support them to make them successful. It is not as easy to support the students, since there are about 400 of you, but we try our best to support them. ASB students are assigned to take care of a new student for at least a week or so, just to get them accustomed to our system and how it is run, getting them to the right classes they would need to go…”
Some of us, right now, have at least one dream job in which are expecting to happen in the future. Hopefully these dreams do come true, but for Mr. Saba, he had a different experience, one that turned the course of his career. “I wanted to play in the NFL, but then I found out that I was not fast or strong enough to do it. Then I wanted to coach football and I liked that, because it gave me a chance to work with students, which I fell in love with in the process.” The captivating moments that he was experiencing in coaching his football teams were the ones where he developed some nice relationships with the students.
Not every student has it easy, even Mr. Saba knows this. School is hard and school is work. “I think the most difficult thing being a student was just getting everything all done. I had a lot of work, and I wanted to go play all of the time, but I just kept on going. Fortunately, I was able to succeed through the process,” said Mr. Saba.
Getting everything done is probably going to haunt us for the rest of our lives. It is everywhere and even teachers have work to do, whether it is correcting our work, or even concocting tests for all of us. “Just remember, you will succeed in the end if you just set your mind to do it,” said Mr. Saba.
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