Principal For A Day: Guests See Life Inside A School (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

October 24, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomed 55 community members into 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, visited their assigned schools Thursday morning.

The guest principals visited 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.

“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:


Guest Principal


Pastor Mike Drury, Pine Hills Church


Amanda Brennan & Jason Reuille, Three Rivers Credit Union


Kenny Bergle, Senior Sales Engineer, Sweetwater


Jimmie Rongos, Owner, Ziano's*


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


Phil Dwire, Vice President, Lake City Bank


Jonathon Fillenworth, Manager, Lowe's


Jessica Henry, Director, Allen County SPCA


Craig Scully, Design Collaborative


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 


Dan Beechy, Financial Center Manager, Tower Bank 


Michael Barranda, Attorney, Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLP 

Harrison Hill 

Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, State Representative-80


Dottie Davis, FWCS Director of Security, & Allen County Sherriff Ken Fries

Indian Village

Saline Smith, Swiss Re 


Zach Evans, FWCS Capital Projects Coordinator


Tai Felger, Community Outreach Coordinator, Parkview


Noel Ingram, Hylant Group


Jerry Morrow, Century 21 Bradley Realty 


Michael Ledo, CEO, AWP Sports Training


Reta Todd, North Eastern Group Realty


Donna Elbrecht, President & CEO, Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana 


Ashley Steenman, Vice President of Business Development, Fort Wayne Alliance 

Memorial Park

Lee Prescott, Realtor 


Angela Garcia, Attorney, Carson Boxberger LLP


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


Timothy Reinking, Concordia High School


Rep. Kathy Heuer, State Representative-83


Marc Levy, Executive Director, Questa Foundation for Education


Lockwood Marine, Marine Associates


Mindy Waldron, Administrator, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health 

Scott Academy

Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, State Representative-22


Tom Nelson, PPG Regional Manager – Primary Care


Rep. Martin Carbaugh, State Representative-81


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


Chris Graham, President, New Millennium Building Systems, Vice President, Steel Dynamics


Sherri Miller, Vision Management Consulting LLC


Becky Hill, FWCS Board Member


Pastor Mike Courtney, The Journey Church

Washington Center

David Leakey, Kelly Box Corporation 


Dr. Dennis Zent, State Representative-51, & Julie Hollingsworth, FWCS Board Secretary


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.

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