Principal for a Day
The 20th annual Principal for a Day in the Glendale Unified School District was held on Tuesday, March 13 and has attracted 30 business and community leaders. The Glendale Educational Foundation is sponsoring the event.Guest principals will spend all morning at their schools, then gather at noon for a luncheon and “commencement” in the GUSD Board Room, 223 N. Jackson St. The reception will give the guest principals and their hosts an opportunity to share their experiences and compare management styles in the public and private sectors — one of the main objectives of the program.
The roster of participants is as follows:
Anna Ambarian, Keller Williams Realty: Balboa Elementary
Lt. Todd Anderson, Glendale Police Department: Horace Mann Elementary
Toni Beck Espinoza, Glendale Educational Foundation: Jefferson Elementary
Yasmin Beers, Ass’t. City Manager City of Glendale: Mark Keppel Elementary
Frank Beyt, CV Town Council: La Crescenta Elementary
Tony Chahine, O.D., La Canada Eye Care: Clark Magnet High
Sheila Cook, National Bank of California: John Muir Elementary
Albert Danelian, Fredrick Towers Inc.: Dunsmore Elementary
Rebecca Delfino, California Court of Appeal: Cerritos Elementary
Bill Doll, Office of Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster: Crescenta Valley High
Suzanne Dunwell, 43rd Assembly District: R. D. White Elementary
Dan Evans, Glendale News-Press: Toll Middle
Abiy Fikreslassie, Schools First Credit Union: Allan F. Daily High
Matt Gerlach, Glendale Memorial Hospital & Health Center: Rosemont Middle
Leonard Ghazarian, CV Chamber: Roosevelt Middle
Greg Grande, Citizens Business Bank: Glendale High
Julianne Hines, 44th Assembly District: Monte Vista Elementary
Michael Hyler, Oakmont Country Club: Verdugo Woodlands Elementary
Suzy Jacobs, Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition: Mountain Ave. Elementary
Bill James, Retired Business Owner: Lincoln Elementary
John Kobara, California Community Foundation: College View
Rob Marchuk, Glendale Adventist Medical Center: Wilson Middle
Angel Montes, Woodbury University: Hoover High
Mike Mooslin, Color Me Mine: Columbus Elementary
Dr. Jeffrey Nishi, Glendale Optometric Center: John Marshall Elementary
Scott Ochoa, City Manager, City of Glendale: Edison Elementary
Ann Ransford, Trustee, Glendale Community College: Franklin Elementary
Kara Sergile, KS Consulting: Glenoaks Elementary
Todd Thornbury, American Softub: Fremont Elementary
Principal for a Day strives to educate and enlighten community leaders about the Glendale Schools, giving guests a taste of what it’s like to manage the complexities of a school campus. Visitors have the opportunity to test their management abilities and styles in problem-solving situations commonly faced at a public school.
2009 participant Jeanett Cordon, YMCA Marketing Director, said “These children, through action and words, are being taught that they are important, that education is the secret and that they can accomplish anything …anything at all!” after her visit to Franklin Elementary.
Over 550 of the most active community leaders from Glendale and the Foothills have participated in Principal for a Day. Guest principals have represented more than 40 professions, ranging from banking and hospital management to law and retail sales.
Questions may be addressed to Susan Hunt, Glendale Educational Foundation, at 818-241-3111 ext. 566.