By Misty DUPLESSIS
On Thursday morning, Dec. 6, the Glendale Educational Foundation sponsored the 21st annual Glendale Unified School District Principal for a Day
The special guests performed many of the tasks that the principal would usually do, such as greet students in the morning, make announcements and visit classrooms.
At Lincoln Elementary, Principal Williams shared his daily duties with Montrose Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce executive director Melinda Clarke.
Clarke talked to students about what the chamber of commerce does and she learned about some of the programs Lincoln offers its students.
“Next year is the 100 year anniversary of Montrose. The chamber will be donating to Lincoln’s library,” said Clarke.
Fremont Elementary received its temporary principal from the Glendale Fire Dept. Station #29. Firefighter Karlowe Krikor was on the school campus when Fremont had its fire drill.
“I was so excited when the opportunity was presented to visit [the school]. I jumped on it,” said Krikor, adding that it was good to see how the school prepares for fires.
Valley View’s guest principal Jo Ness is a member of the Glendale Educational Foundation and has been an education advocate for years.
“I am really impressed with what these kids are doing. This is far more advanced in technology, in vision and in the true educational experience,” said Ness, who is a former high school teacher.
Entrepreneur/certified public accountant/personal financial advisor Michael Velazquez visited Crescenta Valley High School, stepping into the role of the school’s principal for the day, performing some of the tasks normally undertaken by Dr. Michele Doll.
“My day was excellent, very educational,” said Valezquez. “I popped in and out of classes and saw students in action.”
Afterward the guest principals gathered at the GUSD main offices for a luncheon where they shared their experiences and discussed different approaches to management in the public and private sectors, which is the main goal of the program.