Guests See Life Inside a School as Principal for a Day - October 22, 2013

Record Number: 10372
Displayed from: Oct 22, 2013 , until: Dec 22, 2013

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 55 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event – the District's largest group of guest principals ever. Guests representing local businesses, service organizations and community groups, as well as several State Representatives and Senators, will visit their assigned schools the morning of Thursday, Oct. 24.

The guest principals will visit the schools from the beginning of the school day until noon, experiencing what a principal goes through in a day. From welcoming students into a building to dealing with concerned parents to working directly with teachers to improve academic achievement, principals do it all. The guests will see the amount of time principals spend as instructional leaders, a key component to ensuring each student is educated to high standards.

Following the shadowing experience, the principals and their guests are invited to lunch at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St., where Culinary Arts students will prepare and serve a delicious meal.

“We look forward to this event every year, and welcome the diverse group of individuals spending time in our buildings meeting our students and staff,” Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. “Education today is vastly differently than it was when our guests were in school, and their memories of their school principal likely don’t reflect the job of today’s principals. Our building leaders are not just managers, they are responsible for the academic achievement of the entire building, which means they need to understand the needs of students and staff and how to provide support at every level. Our classrooms are dynamic centers of learning where teachers are expected to educate each student to high standards. It is an exciting time to be in education, and we are happy to share what we do with our guests.”

The guest principals come from a variety of occupations, leadership positions and organizations in our community. The following is a list of the schools participating and their guest principals:

School Guest Principal
Abbett Pastor Mike Drury, Pine Hills Church
Adams Amanda Brennan & Jason Reuille, Three Rivers Credit Union
Anthis Kenny Bergle, Senior Sales Engineer, Sweetwater
Arlington Jimmie Rongos, Owner, Ziano's & Salvatore's*
Blackhawk

Josh Wenning, Executive Director, Region 8 Education Service Center of Northeast Indiana  and Indiana ASCD

Bloomingdale Phil Dwire, Vice President, Lake City Bank
Brentwood Jonathon Fillenworth, Manager, Lowe's
Bunche Jessica Henry, Director, Allen County SPCA
Croninger Craig Scully, Design Collaborative
Fairfield Brad Stinson, Real Estate Broker, North Eastern Group Realty
Forest Park Elbert Starks, The News-Sentinel 
Franke Park  John McGauley, Allen County Recorder 
Glenwood Park  Glen Harkenrider, Lincoln Financial Group 
Haley  Dan Beechy, Financial Center Manager, Tower Bank 
Harris Michael Barranda, Attorney, Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLP 
Harrison Hill  Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, State Representative-80
Holland  Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries
Indian Village Saline Smith, Swiss Re 
Irwin Zach Evans, FWCS Capital Projects Coordinator
Jefferson Tai Felger, Community Outreach Coordinator, Parkview
Kekionga Noel Ingram, Hylant Group
Lakeside Jerry Morrow, Century 21 Bradley Realty 
Lane Michael Ledo, CEO, AWP Sports Training
Lincoln Reta Todd, North Eastern Group Realty
Lindley  Donna Elbrecht, President & CEO, Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana 
Maplewood  Ashley Steenman, Vice President of Business Development, Fort Wayne Alliance 
Memorial Park Lee Prescott, Realtor 
Miami Angela Garcia, Attorney, Carson Boxberger LLP
Nebraska Josh Summers, FWCS Capital Projects Coordinator
New Tech Academy  Jack Hammer, Executive Director, Three Rivers Festival
North Side Doug Thieme, Outreach Coordinator, Indiana Department of Education
Northcrest  Timothy Reinking, Concordia High School
Northrop  Rep. Kathy Heuer, State Representative-83
Northwood  Marc Levy, Executive Director, Questa Foundation for Education
Portage Lockwood Marine, Marine Associates
Price  Mindy Waldron, Administrator, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health 
Scott Academy Dottie Davis, FWCS Director of Security
Shambaugh  Tom Nelson, PPG Regional Manager – Primary Care
Shawnee Rep. Martin Carbaugh, State Representative-81
Snider  Rep. Ben Smaltz, State Representative-52
South Side Sen. David Long, State Senate-16
South Wayne Kevin Sierks, Acting Chief Financial Officer, Vera Bradley
St. Joseph Central  Jay Leonard, Preferred Auto Group
Study  Chris Graham, President, New Millennium Building Systems, Vice President, Steel Dynamics
Towles Sherri Miller, Vision Management Consulting LLC
Ward Becky Hill, FWCS Board Member
Washington  Pastor Mike Courtney, The Journey Church
Washington Center David Leakey, Kelly Box Corporation 
Wayne Dr. Dennis Zent, State Representative-51, & Julie Hollingsworth, FWCS Board Secretary
Waynedale Rick Hoffmann, Water Furnace Renewable Energy
Weisser Park Sameer Patel, Assistant Conductor, Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Whitney Young Mary Sherer, The Sherer Group, RE/MAX Home Connection

* Attending a different day.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.