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2015 Principal for a Day


10th Annual “Principal for a Day” Brings A Wide Range of Community Leaders to PUSD


Thank you to all who participated in our
10th Annual Principal for a Day.

See photos from the day here >>

An Emmy award winning actress, a rock musician, a former State Attorney General, and many more business and civic leaders will be spending the day in the principal’s office on Friday, November 6 for the tenth annual Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day program.  Sponsored by Merrill Lynch and coordinated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the program matches the talent and expertise of our community members with a school principal.


Principal for a Day is always an enlightening day of inspiration, exploration, and fun as our guest principals explore the challenges, participate in the victories, and share in the joy of being on a school campus.

Celebrating its ten year anniversary Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day program has seen 326 participants take part in this remarkable program.


Luncheon Keynote Speaker


Doug Kranwinkle

Doug Kranwinkle, prior to his retirement December 31, 2012, was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish language media company.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University, earning a B.A. in History and Economics in 1962.  He also graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965.  Following law school, he was a Law Clerk to United States Chief Justice Earl Warren (1966-67).  Mr. Kranwinkle was a Partner at the Los Angeles law firms, Munger, Tolles & Olson (1968 through 1988) and O’Melveny & Myers (1989 to September 2000).  From 1996 to 2000 he was the Managing Partner of O’Melveny & Myers responsible for its worldwide operations.  Mr. Kranwinkle has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters, California Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Greater Los Angeles and Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media.  He is currently a consultant to Univision, a director of Southern California Public Radio,  a Lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School and Chairs a citizen task force appointed by the Mayor of Pasadena in the wake of an embezzlement scandal

Mr. Kranwinkle resides in Pasadena, California with his wife Susan.  They have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Here's who is participating...

Click on the school name below and find out more about who is at each school.

Andrew Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet

Image : Andrew Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet

Principal: Rita Exposito
Principal for a Day: Martha Saucedo Senior Vice President AEG

Altadena Elementary School

Principal: Lorena Martinez
Principal for a Day: Daniel Parker

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Image : Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Principal: Caroline Bermudez
Principal for a Day: Kristin Kearney
Communication Consultant, Institutional Marketing TIAA-CREF Financial Services

Blair IB Magnet School

Image : Blair IB Magnet School

Principal: Trudell Skinner
Principal for a Day: Tim Gramling
Executive Director West Coast University

Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy

Image : Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy

Principal: Lori Touloumian
Principal for a Day: Catherine Allgor
Director of Education The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Cleveland Elementary School

Image : Cleveland Elementary School

Principal: Shannon Malone
Principal for a Day: Michael Johnson
Director City of Pasadena Public Health Department

Center for Independent Study Academy

Image : Center for Independent Study Academy

Principal: Jack Loos
Principal for a Day: Jervey Tervalon
Director and Founder Literature for Live/Locavore Lit/LA

Daniel Webster Elementary School

Image : Daniel Webster Elementary School

Principal: Jeffrey C. Bauer
Principal for a Day: Todd Hays
Realtor Podley Properties

Don Benito Fundamental School

Image : Don Benito Fundamental School

Principal: Linda Chang
Principal for a Day: Erica Tejada
Vice President and District Manager Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Eugene Field Elementary School

Image : Eugene Field Elementary School

Principal: Ana Maria Apodaca
Principals for a Day:
Jane Kaczmarek, Actress
Lori Samuels 

Focus Point Academy

Image : Focus Point Academy

Principal: Michael Bell
Principal for a Day: Bruce Hirsch
Psychologist Clinical Psychology

Frances E. Willard Elementary School

Image : Frances E. Willard Elementary School

Principal: Angela Baxter
Principasl for a Day:
Scott Brown Manager: Pasadena/ La Cañada Founding Partner Pasadena Partners Trust
Giusy Mele-Brown Broker Associate, Founding Partner Pasadena Partners Trust

Henry Longfellow Elementary School

Image : Henry Longfellow Elementary School

Principal: Erica Ingber
Principal for a Day: Michael Wright
SVP, Regional Banking Manager Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

James Madison Elementary School

Image : James Madison Elementary School

Principal: Juan Ruelas
Principals for a Day:
Guil Babcock, College Professor Retired
John Babcock, Venture Partner Rustic Canyon

Jefferson Elementary School

Image : Jefferson Elementary School

Principal: Amin Oria
Principal for a Day: Sandra A. Ell
Chief Investment Officer, Emeritus California Institute of Technology

John Muir High School

Image : John Muir High School

Principal: Tim Sippel
Principal for a Day: John Van de Kamp
Counsel Mayer Brown LLP

Pasadena High School

Image : Pasadena High School

Principal: Gilbert  Barraza
Principal for a Day: Stan Kong
Faculty Director and Professor Art Center College of Design, Graduate Industrial Design

Rose City High School

Image : Rose City High School

Principal: Jack Loos
Principal for a Day: Jervey Tervalon
Director and Founder Literature for Live/Locavore Lit/LA

San Rafael Elementary School

Image : San Rafael Elementary School

Principal: Rodolfo Ramirez
Princpal for a Day: Charlie Plowman
Publisher Outlook Newspapers

John Marshall Fundamental School

Image : John Marshall Fundamental School

Principal: Mark Anderson
Principal for a Day: Marko DeSantis

Sierra Madre Elementary School

Image : Sierra Madre Elementary School

Principal: Esther Salinas
Principal for a Day: G. Yvette Haring
Sr. Consultant TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc.

Sierra Madre Middle School

Image : Sierra Madre Middle School

Principal: Garrett Newsom
Principal for a Day: Matthew Goldman
Founder & CEO Wallaby Financial Inc.

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Image : Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Principal: Merle Bugarin
Principal for a Day: Rhonda Newborg
Pasadena First Credit Union

Washington Elementary STEM Magnet

Image : Washington Elementary STEM Magnet

Principal: Karrone Meeks
Principal for a Day: Olga Batygin
Academic Affairs and Communications Manager
Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy Division Caltech

Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

Image : Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

Principal: Merian Stewart
Principal for a Day: Ann Marie Hickambottom
Vice President, Strategic Development YWCA Greater Los Angeles

William McKinley School

Image : William McKinley School

Principal: Charles Heaton
Principals for a Day:
Craig Colbath Director - California Valley Complex Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Andy Wilson Councilmember, District 7 The City of Pasadena

Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Image : Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Principal: Sarah Rudchenko
Principal for a Day: William Christian