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We asked North Carolina principals a question that surprised them

Great school leaders are magnetic — they tend to attract a lot of questions. A common one is this: What should a good principal do?

To me, it made sense to ask them the opposite. The decision didn’t disappoint.

This video is part of The Principal’s Office, an EdNC video series on what it means to be a school principal in North Carolina.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at