Chicago (CBS) – Principal Walter Payton College Prep was recently the center of the action on Homecoming Night – and it was more than just her smooth moves.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reports, students’ accomplishments or actions usually attract attention. But Farida Shabazz Anderson, the high school principal at 1034 N. Wells St. She outsmarted them all after her dance moves left the boys and girls speechless.
This was the first quarter that students returned to classes at Walter Payton College Prep.
“We wanted to get everyone together for homecoming,” Shabazz Anderson said.
The new manager admitted that it wasn’t clear there would be a dance at first.
“We can only have so many people,” Shabazz Anderson said.
But on the night of the dance, the students showed up — and their principal attended.
“Apparently, that’s how the kids dance now,” Shabazz Anderson said. “They went in a circle and they all danced together — and the DJ was like, ‘Hey, you know, we just knew your manager has some dance moves.'”
And she already does. She showed up in the middle of the circle with some very cool moves. The crowd erupted when the director broke out at a Chicago-style dance called “Footwork.”
“A fast dance where your feet move really fast and you’re still on the alert,” Shabazz Anderson said. “I don’t think they were ready.”
And neither was the manager. With all the phones registering for her and uploading her, she immediately popped up.
“My sons, they’re in high school, and they were like, ‘Mom, you’re on TikTok! Mom, you’re on Twitter!'” Shabazz Anderson said, “and she was all over the place.”
When Terry met her, the manager wasn’t wearing quite the right shoes to show off her feet. But we couldn’t let that stop her. I ditched the heels and went barefoot – because Terry just happened to have a speaker to deliver the music.
Foot movement was impeccable. But the relationship that the administration builds with its students is undeniable.
Shabazz Anderson: “I feel like a real person now. I remember our principles originating – we didn’t see them outside that space. The principals now – we always connect with the students and work with them and are now considered an extension of their families.
Terry: “And they don’t just see you as a jazz manager. They are you, I want to say almost like a good house girl.”
Shabazz Anderson: “Not the girl of the house – but maybe the wonderful aunt.”
It’s the respect you definitely earned and then some.
There’s a stocking shop on Wednesday at school, and Terry hears there might just be a dance between teachers against students. One must wonder who would dare confront Director Shabazz – because you don’t want to mess with her on the dance floor.