As a school administrator, I help manage over 100 employees in my school. We have roughly 750 students, well over 1,000 parents, an active PTA, many committees and a multitude of data that must be tracked and, even more importantly, managed.
Education is increasingly data driven. You are only as good as your latest data. In addition, just like all other employers, we principals and assistant principals must manage every employee in our buildings: teachers, custodians, cafeteria staff, teacher assistants and office personnel. Observations and evaluations must be completed and tracked throughout the year. Schedules are developed to keep every department and grade level running in sync with all the others. Our customers (i.e., our parents) constantly come to us with a plethora of concerns: how to help their child at home, concerns about a teacher, bullies, excessive absences and transportation concerns, to name a few. Managing all this is a balancing act, with every moment full of the possibility of everything cascading into chaos with the mismanagement or misfiling of even one important piece of information. Because of this, I moved to Evernote to assist our school in running smoothly.