This week, thousands of students from all over the country will go back to school and another school year will commence. Just before the school bell rings, meet the principals who got their start in flight school, and after several years in the cockpit decided to settle in to the teachers’ room
This week, thousands of students are expected to go back to school, and the preparations are already underway. There are those who are really perfecting their last “briefing” before their “flight” to the new school year that starts this Tuesday. Among them is Ziv Shar, who chose to exchange the cockpit of a “Kfir” plane for the principal’s seat at the “Ofek” School in Evron. “I didn’t have a defining moment when I decided to go from a pilot to a principal”, he explains. “I saw some things in the school that I thought could use some improvement, and after I got to the job, I set goals for myself that I think helped the school advance. If you compare management to flying, you could say setting goals and striving to meet them is one of the important qualities in both cases”.
Another pilot who switched to the education system is Lieutenant Colonel (Res. ) Raffi Weissman, a former combat pilot and current principal of “Emek Hama’aravi” in Yifat. “After my release from the IAF, I decided that I wanted to experience teaching”, he says. “Even as a pilot, I got along with everyone and I loved teaching at the flight school. When I understood that I also enjoy teaching, I decided to try being a principal”.
While there aren’t always parallels between the two worlds, for the two former pilots, the feelings in both professions are almost identical. “Both flying and being a school principal pose an interesting challenge”, claims Ziv. “Punctuality and order, which the two professions demand, a huge impact on the lives of many people and mainly the need to understand why you are putting forth these effort constitute an essential and integral part of these two difficult jobs.”