FWCS welcomes community members as guest principals - October 30, 2009

Record Number: 5571
Displayed from: Oct 30, 2009 , until: Nov 30, 2009

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 54 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals. This will be the first year that all buildings will be able to participate in Principal for a Day. The majority of the guest principals will visit their schools on Wednesday, Nov. 4. A few have selected other days that better meet the schedules of the guests or the building principals. The guest principals will visit the schools from the beginning of the school day to noon Wednesday and will experience a taste of what a principal goes through in a day. From welcoming students into a building to dealing with concerned parents to working with teachers to improve academic achievement, principals do it all. Following the shadowing experience, the principals and their guests are invited to lunch at Barr Street Café, where Anthis Career Center students will prepare their meal. We look forward to this event every year, Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. Many adults haven't been in a school since they were a child and don't realize how much education has changed. This is a great opportunity to show what goes on in our buildings and what the role of principals really is. 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: Elementary Schools - Abbett - Kristi Cortezano, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce member - Adams - Charles J. Heiny, Esq., Haller & Colvin, P.C. - Arlington - Ron Orman, Organizational Development Specialist, Parkview Health - Bloomingdale - Charles Smith, Probation and parole agent for Allen County Corrections - Brentwood - Sue Ehinger, Chief Operations Officer, Parkview Health - Bunche - Suzon Motz, Community Volunteer - Croninger - Stacey O'Day, Allen County Assessor - Fairfield - Kevin Brown, FWCS Board Member - Forest Park - Jill McAllister, Community Health Improvement, Parkview Health - Franke Park - Holly Hunter, Hamilton Hunter Builders, Inc. - Glenwood Park - Denice Beights, Fort Wayne Children's Choir Executive Director - Haley - John Zieg, Coldwell Banker - Harris - Bruce Haines, WFWA/PBS President & General Manager - Harrison Hill - Jamie Garwood, United Way - Holland - Bill Brown, Allen County Commissioner - Indian Village - Randee Salisbury, Scholastic - Irwin - Adam Cox, Baker & Daniels LLP - Lincoln - Mark Bienz, Old National Insurance President - Lindley - Lenny Duff, Wildwood Park Community Association - Maplewood - Nelson Peters, Allen County Commissioner - Nebraska - Margaret Sturm, National City, Vice President & Relationship Manager - Northcrest - Becky Hill, FWCS Board Member - Pleasant Center - Paula Hughes, Allen County Council - Price - Tom Hayhurst, Retired Local Doctor and Former City Council Member - Scott - Emma Downs, The Journal Gazette - Shambaugh - Scott Dierkman, Owner of Cardinal Fitness - South Wayne - Bob Schaab, South Wayne Neighborhood Association President - St. Joseph Central - Kathie Green, Constituent Liaison for Congressman Mark Souder - Study - Lafayette Jordan, NIPSCO Operations Center Manager - Washington - Jeff Hoffman, Chick-fil-A Manager - Washington Center - Alice Bowers, Hunters Knoll Neighborhood Association President - Waynedale - Representative from Coca-Cola Enterprises - Weisser Park - Marc Leveridge, Sweetwater Sound Chief Financial Officer - Young - Katie Schmidt, Junior Achievement Program Manager


Middle Schools - Blackhawk - Dr. Tom Blake, Local Dentist - Jefferson - Brenda Sebastian, Chapel Ridge Lions Club - Kekionga - The Rev. Tim Graham, Messiah Lutheran Church - Lakeside - David Bennett, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Executive Director - Lane - Bill Kitch, Kitch Companies - Memorial Park - J. L. Nave, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Executive Director - Miami - Mark GiaQuinta, FWCS Board President - Northwood - Ron Schumacher, University of Saint Francis Vice President of Enrollment - Portage - Jeff Walborn, Mike Thomas Associates - Shawnee - Holli Seabury, McMillen Center for Health Education CEO - Towles - John McGauley, Allen County Recorder High Schools - Anthis Career Center - Russ Baker, Ivy Tech Interim Chancellor - Elmhurst - Rosemarie Bostelman, President, Bostelman Insurance Services Inc. - New Tech High - Tim McCaulay, Attorney - North Side - Rick Stevenson, Wayne Township Trustee - Northrop - Mitch Sheppard, FWCS Board Secretary - Snider - Terra Brantley, WANE-15 - South Side - Jerri Lerch, Allen County Drug & Alcohol Consortium Executive Director - Ward Education Center - Jeff Johnson, Mad Ants Vice President of Sales & Marketing - Wayne - Cecelia Smith, President of Indiana Black Expo, Inc. Fort Wayne Chapter

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.