(CNN) Georgia high school principal Grant Rivera talked to HLN about his profession and what it takes to educate students today.
Rivera, who started as a special education teacher and coach, said his road to becoming principal started when he had an interest in growing beyond the four walls of his classroom.
He talked about the importance of families in schools.
"We need our families to be engaged in their children's education," says Rivera. "We have a responsibility to build that bridge. We need those families in our schools. We need those families having the right conversation around the dinner table because their involvement is bigger than just signing a signature on a form."
Rivera believes that educators should be role models for their students.
"In education and in public schools, I don't believe it's very hard for educators or for me to be a role model. We got into this business because we care about kids," says Rivera. "Every single day, when we walk through those doors, we hold ourselves to that standard – to be a role model, to be a mentor, and when appropriate, to be a friend and a coach."