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Posted October 2, 2014

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Stephanie Fascitelli, Principal

North Star Elementary School

Honoring our principals as part of National Principals Month

PRINCIPAL SPOTLIGHT: STEPHANIE FASCITELLI

Meet Stephanie Fascitelli, Principal at North Star ES.

Prior to your experience at North Star, where else have you worked in APS, and what were your roles?

Apache ES, principal, 5 years
Tomasita ES, assistant principal, 2 years

What made you decide to become a principal?

I LOVED having a classroom of 20 students so much and I thought having a whole school of hundreds of students would be fun, too! And it is!

What advice would you provide to someone interested in becoming a principal?
Put your heart into your job. That way all of the hard work will really pay off! Try to attend all of the "special events" like plays, concerts, games, etc. You can learn a lot about children by simply attending these extra events!

Please share with us one experience you are proud of or a rewarding experience you have had as principal.
Gosh - the experiences are too many to name. I think my most rewarding experience has got to be EVERY TIME I drive past Apache...I sometimes think of my five years there as my greatest accomplishment!

What is something that you would like to share with the public/district administration about your school that we might not know? 
I walk through the doors at North Star every day and say 2 things to myself. #1 Wow - I am so lucky that I GET to work here everyday. #2 What challenges are in store for me today? Positive and preventative is always my motto each day!

Please provide one sentence/paragraph about your overall thoughts of being a principal, and what it means to you.

Many often ask me if I ever aspire to be more than a school principal and I tell them, heck no, being the leader of a school full of a great staff, bright students and caring parents is the highest position there is in my book!

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Just a thank you for acknowledging and honoring me and my principal friends - it is a tough job but we do it because it is the BEST job!

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