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Area Leaders Take Turn As Guest Principals

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 50 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event. Guests representing local businesses, elected officials, service organizations and community groups, will visit their assigned schools the morning of Thursday, Oct. 20, unless other arrangements were made.

The guest principals will visit 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.

Following the shadowing experience, the principals and their guests are invited to lunch at the new Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave., where students in the FWCS Career Academy Culinary Arts program will serve a delicious meal.

“Principal for a Day is a great event each year because we get to show off what we do to leaders in the community,” Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. “Each year, our guests are astounded by the intricate work going on in our buildings to ensure all students are educated to high standards. What we do doesn’t happen by accident, which is something these leaders can understand and appreciate. We are very deliberate in our work, and we are proud to welcome guests into our buildings knowing that they will share what they see with others.”

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 Name Affiliation
Abbett Paul Sturm Attorney, Shambaugh, Kast, Beck and Williams
Adams Renee Morrison Financial Center Manager, AVP, Fifth Third Bank
Anthis David Deffenbaugh Chief Administrator, Saint Anne Communities
Arlington Sen. Dennis Kruse
Blackhawk Nelson Peters Allen County Commissioner
Bloomingdale Abby Wilder Partner, Thrivent Financial
Brentwood Shelley Yoder Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana
Bunche Steve Corona Secretary, FWCS Board of School Trustees
Croninger Charly Butcher Morning Show Host, WOWO
Fairfield Ron Howard Indiana Pacers
Forest Park Sen. David Long
Franke Park Derek Veit Superintendent of Forestry Operations, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
Glenwood Park Anne Duff Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees
Haley Rob Kruger Partner, Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton and Bloom, LLP
Harris Rev. Bob Arenobine Grace Brethren Church
Harrison Hill Jessica Swinford President, Junior League of Fort Wayne
Holland Rev. Doug Vogel Chaplain, The Towne House
Indian Village Dave Laur Circuit Court Judge of Noble County
Irwin Larisa Brown Education Outreach Coordinator, 80/20 Inc.
Jefferson Craig Armstrong Associate Project Manager, Elevatus
Kekionga Tim Bawmann President, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Lakeside Greg Barnes Vice President/Regional Retail Manager, Star Financial Bank
Lane Bryan Meriwether Pharmacist, Summit City Pharmacy
Lincoln Julie Hollingsworth Vice President, FWCS Board of School Trustees
Lindley Fernando Zapari Editor, El Mexicano
Maplewood Dianna Vetter Program Analyst/ES Wellness Site Lead, BAE Systems
Memorial Park Max Meyer Director of Children’s Education, Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Miami Glenda Ritz Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
New Tech Nancy Townsend Executive Director, Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission
North Side John Kaczmarczyk Director of Operations, Press-Seal Corporation
Northcrest Julie Creek Director, IPFW Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs
Northrop Jeff Sebeika Owner, Subway
Northwood Kons Skembos Account Manager, DWD Technology Group
Portage Jayson Maples Founder, Heroes and Legends Wrestling
Price Jarin Hart Executive Director, Fort Wayne Dance Collective
Scott Curtis Smith Director of Community Outreach, Parkview
Shambaugh John Mikolajczyk Director of Operations, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Shawnee Aaron Lane Community Development Coordinator, Parkview Health
Snider Mike Nutter President, Fort Wayne TinCaps
South Side Magistrate Andrea Trevino Allen County Circuit Court
South Wayne Rev. Bill McGill Imani Baptist Church
St. Joseph Central Dr. E. Jon Brandenburger
Study Becky Hill Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees
Towles Intermediate Dick Conklin Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc.
Ward John Dortch President/CEO, Preston Joan Group
Washington Lori Stinson Realtor, North Eastern Realty Group
Washington Center Aaron Hoover Operating Principal of Keller Williams
Wayne Scott Swymeler Director of Manufacturing, BAE Systems
Waynedale Ted Jansen Waynedale United Methodist Church
Weisser Park Iric Headley Director, Fort Wayne UNITED
Whitney Young Carmen Griffith President, Community Harvest Food Bank