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2017 Principal for a Day



Since 2006, more than 300 community leaders have participated in this nationwide program used to build stronger relationships among schools, businesses, and the wider community. Participants spend a morning on campus shadowing a PUSD school principal, giving them a rare and valuable perspective of running a public school.

After a day on campus, the 2017 class of "Principal for a Day" graduates gathered for a luncheon and meet other principals and community leaders at Altadena Town & Country Club to share their experiences.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Jason Roberts

Jason majored in mathematics at the University of Chicago with plans of becoming a mathematician but got sidetracked into launching technology startups and building high-frequency trading systems. Not wanting to leave Pasadena for San Francisco, he infamously turned down the CTO position at Uber but instead working as a consultant, designed and developed much of the company's original real-time technology, their global "air traffic control" and other foundational technologies. In addition to working on Math Academy, Jason spends his time advising startups and Fortune 500 companies on their technology strategy and product roadmaps.

Here's who participated...

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

Altadena Elementary School

Image : Altadena Elementary School

Principal: Benita Scheckel
Principal for a Day: Jennifer Hall Lee
Filmmaker, Jennifer Hall Lee

Andrew Jackson STEM Dual Language

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Principal: Rita Exposito
Principal for a Day: Dave Silvey
Executive Communications Officer, Huntington Medical Research Institutes

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Image : Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Principal: Merian Stewart
Principal for a Day: Joel Robinson
Retired Consultant, Environmental Science

Blair IB Magnet School

Image : Blair IB Magnet School

Principal: David Ibarra
Principal for a Day: Bob Long
Retired Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP

Center for Independent Study Academy

Image : Center for Independent Study Academy

Principal: Jack Loos
Principal for a Day: Jim Patterson
Director of Kutler Center, Hardvard-Westlake School

Charles W. Eliot Art Magnet Academy

Image : Charles W. Eliot Art Magnet Academy

Principal: Lori Touloumian
Principal for a Day: Anthony J. Portantino
Senator, California State Senate

Cleveland Elementary School

Image : Cleveland Elementary School

Principal: Debra Lucas
Principal for a Day: Felicia Williams
Planning Commissioner, City of Pasadena

Daniel Webster Elementary School

Image : Daniel Webster Elementary School

Principal: Jeffrey Bauer
Principal for a Day: Stefan Lehner
Regional Vice President, Community Bank

Don Benito Fundamental School

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Principal: Paula Chamberlain
Principal for a Day: Allison Hill
President and CEO, Vroman's Bookstore

Eugene Field Elementary School

Image : Eugene Field Elementary School

Principal: Daniel Bagby
Principal for a Day: Sarah Deschenes
Board Member, Pasadena Educational Foundation

Focus Point Academy

Image : Focus Point Academy

Principal: Michael Bell
Principal for a Day: Casey Gregg
VP of Children and Youth Programs, Villa Esperanza Services 

Frances E. Willard Elementary School

Image : Frances E. Willard Elementary School

Principal: Angela Baxter
Principal for a Day: David Eads
Executive Director, Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Hamilton Elementary School

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Principal: Erika Cooper
Principal for a Day: Steve Schell
Co-Founder and CEO, New Matter

Henry Longfellow Elementary School

Image : Henry Longfellow Elementary School

Principal: Erica Ingber
Principal for a Day: Phyllis Crandon
Board Member, Pasadena Community Foundation

James Madison Elementary School

Image : James Madison Elementary School

Principal: Noemi Montano Orduna
Principal for a Day: Luisa Rengifo
Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

Jefferson Elementary School

Image : Jefferson Elementary School

Principal: Amin Oria
Principal for a Day: Raymond Ealy
Executive Director / Founder, STEAM:CODERS

John Muir High School

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Principal: Lawton Gray
Principal for a Day: Richard De Jesu
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Northern Trust

John Marshall Fundamental School

Image : John Marshall Fundamental School

Principal: Mark Anderson
Principal for a Day: Alan J. Romero
Principal, Attorney, Romero Law, APC

Norma Coombs Elementary School

Image : Norma Coombs Elementary School

Principal: Jennifer Smith
Principal for a Day: LaVon Short
SVP/Sales and Marketing Manager, Citizens Business Bank

Pasadena High School

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Principal: Roberto Hernandez
Principal for a Day: Paul Watford
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Principal for a Day: Annette Bull
Owner and Designer, ABull Design

Rose City High School

Image : Rose City High School

Principal: Brian Stanley
Principal for a Day: Laura Diallo
Executive Assitant - Project Coordinator, KBKG

San Rafael Elementary School

Image : San Rafael Elementary School

Principal: Rodolfo Ramirez Jr.
Principal for a Day: Marc LeShay
President/CEO, AEGERIA & Integral Computing Services

Sierra Madre Elementary School

Image : Sierra Madre Elementary School

Principal: Lindsay Lewis
Principal for a Day: Susan Long
Retired Teacher

Sierra Madre Middle School

Image : Sierra Madre Middle School

Principal: Garrett Newsom
Principal for a Day: Donald P. Schweitzer
Managing Partner, Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Image : Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Principal: Merle Bugarin
Principal for a Day: Robin McCarthy
Chair, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Washington Elementary STEM Magnet

Image : Washington Elementary STEM Magnet

Principal: Karrone Meeks
Principal for a Day: Katie Mills
K-12 STEM Outreach Manager, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

Image : Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

Principal: Shannon Malone
Principal for a Day: Ishmael Trone
Co-Founder, Ideal Youth Inc.

William McKinley School

Image : William McKinley School

Principal: Nicole Duquette
Principal for a Day: David Martinez
Managing Director, TIAA

Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Image : Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Principal for a Day: Elizabeth Jones
President, Institute for Educational Advancement