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:

School

Guest Principal

Abbett

Pastor Mike Drury, Pine Hills Church

Adams

Amanda Brennan & Jason Reuille, Three Rivers Credit Union

Anthis

Kenny Bergle, Senior Sales Engineer, Sweetwater

Arlington

Jimmie Rongos, Owner, Ziano's*

Blackhawk

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

Bloomingdale

Phil Dwire, Vice President, Lake City Bank

Brentwood

Jonathon Fillenworth, Manager, Lowe's

Bunche

Jessica Henry, Director, Allen County SPCA

Croninger

Craig Scully, Design Collaborative

Fairfield

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 

Haley 

Dan Beechy, Financial Center Manager, Tower Bank 

Harris

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

Harrison Hill 

Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, State Representative-80

Holland 

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

Indian Village

Saline Smith, Swiss Re 

Irwin

Zach Evans, FWCS Capital Projects Coordinator

Jefferson

Tai Felger, Community Outreach Coordinator, Parkview

Kekionga

Noel Ingram, Hylant Group

Lakeside

Jerry Morrow, Century 21 Bradley Realty 

Lane

Michael Ledo, CEO, AWP Sports Training

Lincoln

Reta Todd, North Eastern Group Realty

Lindley 

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

Maplewood 

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

Memorial Park

Lee Prescott, Realtor 

Miami

Angela Garcia, Attorney, Carson Boxberger LLP

Nebraska

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

Northcrest 

Timothy Reinking, Concordia High School

Northrop 

Rep. Kathy Heuer, State Representative-83

Northwood 

Marc Levy, Executive Director, Questa Foundation for Education

Portage

Lockwood Marine, Marine Associates

Price 

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

Scott Academy

Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, State Representative-22

Shambaugh 

Tom Nelson, PPG Regional Manager – Primary Care

Shawnee

Rep. Martin Carbaugh, State Representative-81

Snider 

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

Study 

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

Towles

Sherri Miller, Vision Management Consulting LLC

Ward

Becky Hill, FWCS Board Member

Washington 

Pastor Mike Courtney, The Journey Church

Washington Center

David Leakey, Kelly Box Corporation 

Wayne

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

Waynedale

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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