Coleman eighth grader gets to be principal for the day

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WICHITA, Kansas — It was a dress shirt and neck tie for a student at Coleman Middle School as he took charge of the building for the day.

It’s a job Michael Nyanjom has dreamed of, being a school principal.

It’s a dream the Coleman Middle School eighth grader sent in a letter to his principal, Jeff Freund.

“He wanted to know if it was fun, was it hard, am I ever tired and he just said he’d always had this dream as an eighth grader, his whole life of being a principal,” explains Mr. Freund.

So Thursday, he shadowed principal Freund as a principal for a day.

“I would like to see others succeed in school and in life, and I love to help others. I just love it for some reason,” explains Michael.

So principal Freund showed Michael the ropes.

“Sometimes, the rules seem real strict and you guys complain,” he explains as he gives Michael some extra respect for the head of his school.

“You have to walk around the building, make sure everything’s right, make sure students are at their classes and stuff make sure things are right,” says Michael.

Principal Freund says, “That’s what we want – everyone doing the exact same thing. When you’re learning math, you’re learning math. I want you to learn the same way.”

And the principal showed Michael the job’s not always glamorous.

“Doing a whole lot of paperwork and writing checks and stuff, getting things fixed for the school,” learned Michael.

“That’s what you look for. Passionate leaders, passionate teachers and that’s what caught my attention. What he wants to do is help other people,” says principal Freund, who hopes Michael gets a sense of how hard all the teachers at Coleman work for their students success.

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