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


Dave Millhouse

Executive Director, JPMorgan Private Banking


Palermo Galindo

Citywide Community Liaison


Gary Gatman

Northeast Indiana Works


Steve Corona

FWCS Board of School Trustees


Carmen Griffith

Interim Director, Community Harvest Food Bank


Adam Smith

Realtor, Coldwell Banker RWG


Vernard Hollins

President/CEO, Always 100 Basketball


Candice Roberson

Branch Manager, PNC


David Mitchell

Owner, CSF Floor Covering Specialists


Shelly Meyer

Business & Community Relationship Manager, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union


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


Dawn Kennedy

Compensation Specialist, Allen County Human Resources Department


Bob Arenobine

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church

Harrison Hill

Corey Malcolm

F.C. Tucker/Malcolm and Schlueter Realtors


Becky Hill

FWCS Board of School Trustees

Indian Village

Ron Marker

Community Volunteer


Kim Ward

Realtor, Northeastern Group


Jessica Simmons

Assistant Director of Admissions, Ivy Tech Community College


Hayli Beck

In-School Program Manager, Junior Achievement


Billy King

Head Coach, IPFW Golf


Alyssa Ivanson

Reporter, WANE


Stan Phillips

Realtor, Bradley Company


Susan Holleran

Special Education, FWCS


Loraine Frank-Lightfoot

CNO, Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates

Memorial Park

Steve Cresse

Pastor, Life Community Church


Reggie Hayes

Sports Reporter, The News-Sentinel


Phyllis Bush

Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education

New Tech

H. Joseph Cohen

Attorney, Barrett McNagny

North Side

Frank Jackson

FWCS Transportation Director


Cindy Burkhart

Realtor, North Eastern Group Realty


Megan Reust

Communications Director, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health


Lee Pines

Owner, Jersey Mike's Subs


Austin Rodenberg

Manager, Five Below


Brittney Perry

Branch Manager, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union


Michael Packnett

CEO, Parkview Health


Al Moll

Director, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation


Michael Barranda

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


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


Jim Anderson

Executive Director, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo


Jill Kinder

Kinder and Sons


Anne Duff

FWCS Board of School Trustees


Thomas Eggold

Pastor, Emmanuel  Lutheran Church

Washington Center

Curtis Smith

Meteorologist, 21 Alive


Dave Umber

Umber's Do it Best


Jason Hoffman

Service Manager, Wells Fargo

Weisser Park

John Byrne

Artistic Director, Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Whitney Young

Jim Ruckel


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.