Rural Teaching Principal: Leadership with Precious Few Minutes

  • Mickey Jutras
  • Dawn C. Wallin University of Saskatchewan
  • Paul Newton University of Saskatchewan
  • Jordan Adilman


Presented is a case study of school leadership examining a rural teaching principal in a small K-12 school in a prairie province. The case examines the intensification of workload of a principal of a small K-12 school affected by reductions in student enrolment, staffing and administrative time. Overwhelmed by myriad responsibilities, the principal feels inadequate as both a teacher and a leader. She is exhausted in her efforts to provide quality learning and extracurricular opportunities for students as her workload continues to grow. Teaching activities examine the uniqueness of the teaching principal role and the ways in which leaders manage workload intensification in order to accomplish the responsibilities of this dual role.