Area Leaders Take Turn as Guest Principals - October 18, 2016

Record Number: 16046
Displayed from: Oct 18, 2016 , until: Dec 18, 2016

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 50 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. 20, 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 new Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave., where students in the FWCS Career Academy Culinary Arts program will serve a delicious meal.

“Principal for a Day is a great event each year because we get to show off what we do to leaders in the community,” Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. “Each year, our guests are astounded by the intricate work going on in our buildings to ensure all students are educated to high standards. What we do doesn’t happen by accident, which is something these leaders can understand and appreciate. We are very deliberate in our work, and we are proud to welcome guests into our buildings knowing that they will share what they see with others.”

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

Paul Sturm

Attorney, Shambaugh, Kast, Beck and Williams

Adams

Renee Morrison

Financial Center Manager, AVP, Fifth Third Bank

Anthis

David Deffenbaugh

Chief Administrator, Saint Anne Communities

Arlington

Sen. Dennis Kruse

 

Blackhawk

Nelson Peters

Allen County Commissioner

Bloomingdale

Abby Wilder

Partner, Thrivent Financial

Brentwood

Shelley Yoder

Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana

Bunche

Steve Corona

Secretary, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Croninger

Charly Butcher

Morning Show Host, WOWO

Fairfield

Ron Howard

Indiana Pacers

Forest Park

Sen. David Long

 

Franke Park

Derek Veit

Superintendent of Forestry Operations, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Glenwood Park

Anne Duff

Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Haley

Rob Kruger

Partner, Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton and Bloom, LLP

Harris

Rev. Bob Arenobine

Grace Brethren Church

Harrison Hill

Jessica Swinford

President, Junior League of Fort Wayne

Holland

Rev. Doug Vogel

Chaplain, The Towne House

Indian Village

Dave Laur

Circuit Court Judge of Noble County

Irwin

Larisa Brown

Education Outreach Coordinator, 80/20 Inc.

Jefferson

Craig Armstrong

Associate Project Manager, Elevatus

Kekionga

Tim Bawmann

President, Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Lakeside

Greg Barnes

Vice President/Regional Retail Manager, Star Financial Bank

Lane

Bryan Meriwether

Pharmacist, Summit City Pharmacy

Lincoln

Julie Hollingsworth

Vice President, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Lindley

Fernando Zapari

Editor, El Mexicano

Maplewood

Dianna Vetter

Program Analyst/ES Wellness Site Lead, BAE Systems

Memorial Park

Max Meyer

Director of Children’s Education, Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Miami

Glenda Ritz

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

New Tech

Nancy Townsend

Executive Director, Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission

North Side

John Kaczmarczyk

Director of Operations, Press-Seal Corporation

Northcrest

Julie Creek

Director, IPFW Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs

Northrop

Jeff Sebeika

Owner, Subway

Northwood

Kons Skembos

Account Manager, DWD Technology Group

Portage

Jayson Maples

Founder, Heroes and Legends Wrestling

Price

Jarin Hart

Executive Director, Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Scott

Curtis Smith

Director of Community Outreach, Parkview

Shambaugh

John Mikolajczyk

Director of Operations, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Shawnee

Aaron Lane

Community Development Coordinator, Parkview Health

Snider

Mike Nutter

President, Fort Wayne TinCaps

South Side

Magistrate Andrea Trevino

Allen County Circuit Court

South Wayne

Rev. Bill McGill

Imani Baptist Church

St. Joseph Central

Dr. E. Jon Brandenburger

 

Study

Becky Hill

Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Towles Intermediate

Dick Conklin

Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc.

Ward

John Dortch

President/CEO, Preston Joan Group

Washington

Lori Stinson

Realtor, North Eastern Realty Group

Washington Center

Aaron Hoover

Operating Principal of Keller Williams

Wayne

Scott Swymeler

Director of Manufacturing, BAE Systems

Waynedale

Ted Jansen

Waynedale United Methodist Church

Weisser Park

Iric Headley

Director, Fort Wayne UNITED

Whitney Young

Carmen Griffith

President, Community Harvest Food Bank

 

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.