Community Leaders Take on Role of Principal for a Day - October 13, 2015

Record Number: 13221
Displayed from: Oct 13, 2015 , until: Dec 13, 2015

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 54 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event. Guests representing local businesses, elected officials, service organizations and community groups, will visit their assigned schools the morning of Thursday, Oct. 15, unless other arrangements were made.

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 the Bill C. Anthis Center, 1200 S. Barr St., where students in the FWCS Career Academy Culinary Arts program will prepare and serve a delicious meal.

“We appreciate so many community members taking the time to visit our schools for Principal for a Day,” Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. “Our teachers, administrators and support staff work tirelessly every day to ensure all students are learning to high standards. Many people haven’t been in a school since they graduated from high school, and when they see how schools operate today, they see much has changed, particularly in the role of the principal. Most adults remember their principal sitting in the office all day. Today, you will rarely find the principal in his or her chair.”

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 Name Affiliation

Abbett

Dave Millhouse

Executive Director, JPMorgan Private Banking

Adams

Palermo Galindo

Citywide Community Liaison

Anthis

Gary Gatman

Northeast Indiana Works

Arlington

Steve Corona

FWCS Board of School Trustees

Arlington

Carmen Griffith

Interim Director, Community Harvest Food Bank

Blackhawk

Adam Smith

Realtor, Coldwell Banker RWG

Bloomingdale

Vernard Hollins

President/CEO, Always 100 Basketball

Brentwood

Candice Roberson

Branch Manager, PNC

Bunche

David Mitchell

Owner, CSF Floor Covering Specialists

Croninger

Shelly Meyer

Business & Community Relationship Manager, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union

Fairfield

Brian Bauer

CEO, Lutheran Health Network

Forest Park

Keristen “Big Kess” Baker

Program Director, 96.9

Franke Park

Patrick Shown

Firefighter, Fort Wayne Fire Department

Glenwood Park

Jessica Swinford

Coordinator, FWCS Community Programs

Haley

Dawn Kennedy

Compensation Specialist, Allen County Human Resources Department

Harris

Bob Arenobine

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church

Harrison Hill

Corey Malcolm

F.C. Tucker/Malcolm and Schlueter Realtors

Holland

Becky Hill

FWCS Board of School Trustees

Indian Village

Ron Marker

Community Volunteer

Irwin

Kim Ward

Realtor, Northeastern Group

Jefferson

Jessica Simmons

Assistant Director of Admissions, Ivy Tech Community College

Kekionga

Hayli Beck

In-School Program Manager, Junior Achievement

Lakeside

Billy King

Head Coach, IPFW Golf

Lane

Alyssa Ivanson

Reporter, WANE

Lincoln

Stan Phillips

Realtor, Bradley Company

Lindley

Susan Holleran

Special Education, FWCS

Maplewood

Loraine Frank-Lightfoot

CNO, Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates

Memorial Park

Steve Cresse

Pastor, Life Community Church

Miami

Reggie Hayes

Sports Reporter, The News-Sentinel

Nebraska

Phyllis Bush

Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education

New Tech

H. Joseph Cohen

Attorney, Barrett McNagny

North Side

Frank Jackson

FWCS Transportation Director

Northcrest

Cindy Burkhart

Realtor, North Eastern Group Realty

Northrop

Megan Reust

Communications Director, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health

Northwood

Lee Pines

Owner, Jersey Mike's Subs

Portage

Austin Rodenberg

Manager, Five Below

Price

Brittney Perry

Branch Manager, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union

Scott

Michael Packnett

CEO, Parkview Health

Shambaugh

Al Moll

Director, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation

Shawnee

Michael Barranda

Attorney, Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLC

Snider

Daniel Heath

Judge, Allen County Superior Court

South Side

Julie Hollingsworth

FWCS Board of School Trustees

South Wayne

Mike Conley

Owner, Mike Conley Music

St. Joseph Central

Tom Didier

Fort Wayne City Council, 3rd District

Study

Jim Anderson

Executive Director, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Towles

Jill Kinder

Kinder and Sons

Ward

Anne Duff

FWCS Board of School Trustees

Washington

Thomas Eggold

Pastor, Emmanuel  Lutheran Church

Washington Center

Curtis Smith

Meteorologist, 21 Alive

Wayne

Dave Umber

Umber's Do it Best

Waynedale

Jason Hoffman

Service Manager, Wells Fargo

Weisser Park

John Byrne

Artistic Director, Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Whitney Young

Jim Ruckel

Chiropractor


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.