GUSD Hosts Principal for a Day

Tony Chahine O.D. of La Canada Eye Care was Clark Magnet High School's Principal for a Day on Tuesday. Photo by Leonard COUTIN

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.