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Don Benito Fundamental School

"I was most impressed with the connection Mrs. Reynoso has with the staff and the kids in the school. Her passion for the community of students and the impact her decisions have on their development/well being."

"The volunteerism in the school was also very impressive, understanding the commitments parents continue to make. It was a great experience. The observations in the library and classroom reassured me the Don Benito environment is thriving in terms of the program the students are a part of."

- Marcus Johnson, Senior Vice President Bank of America

Andrea Bermudo

Grade 1

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Don Benito Fundamental School
Principal: Ms. Julianne Reynoso

“As the principal of Don Benito I am proud to serve the community, students, parents and staff.  It is with PRIDE that I continue to be principal and continue to strive for EXCELLENCE. It has been a privilege to work with such loyal teachers, staff and parents who want nothing less than perfection for all of the students who attend Don Benito.”

As educators, we have one purpose: to make a child’s life more meaningful each day. The students of Don Benito are a wonderful group of children who truly enjoy the learning process. We are constantly collaborating with one another to make sure ALL students have access to a terrific education. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve this community of learners.

Configuration: K-5th
Number of Students: 640
Enrichment Programs include: Mad Science, Good News Club, HW Club, Drama, Art Studio, Chess, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), and Keyboarding.
Technology: Purchased 24 document cameras and LCD projectors for all classrooms through technology challenge and PEF funds.
Clubs and Organizations: Student Council; School Newspaper; Safety Patrol
Programs for students with unique needs: Special Day classes
After School programs: Pasadena Parks and Recreation and YMCA
Academic Performance Index (API): 866

Principal for a Day: Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek starred for 7 years on the hit television series MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE for which she was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Awards. Her 30 year career on television spans form Paper Chase and Hill Street Blues to Law and Order SVU. She has appeared in NY on Broadway and in LA at the Geffen Theatre and South Coast Rep. She is the founder of the CLOTHES OFF OUR BACK foundation which auctioned celebrity red carpet attire, raising over 4 million dollars for children's charities. 

Jane is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Yale School of Drama. She lives in Pasadena with her 3 children.


Principal for a Day: Marcus Johnson
Senior Vice President Bank of America

Marcus Johnson serves as the Initiative Planning Executive for the Banking Center and Customer Service Contact Centers. He manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of initiatives and his team is responsible for conducting detailed analysis on the impact to the customer facing population within the channels he supports.

Previously, Johnson was the Sales and Service Executive for Chat, Email and Supplier Services and National Service and Solutions within the Consumer and Small Business Bank. He was responsible for establishing and executing an integrated sales and service strategy for two regional contact center environments. His responsibilities included support for approximately 6,000 associates across the North America, Central America, India and the Philippines.

Johnson served as the Associate and Customer Experience Executive for eChannels & Customer Solutions organization. He had oversight for all associate communications, associate and customer experience strategies and customer insights programs. His responsibilities included support for approximately 15,000 associates across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

As Contact Center Executive Johnson led nearly 1,200 associates in the Fresno, California contact center and the CD/IRA centers in Wichita, Kansas and San Francisco, California. These centers serviced customers and Banking Center associates calling for assistance with checking and savings products, including certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. As a Contact Center leader, Johnson was responsible for balancing associate satisfaction needs and customer servicing expectations with efficiency and revenue-generating initiatives. In Fresno helped launch the Fresno chapter of the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement and was a Board Member of the United Way Fresno Chapter.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, is a Black Professional Group Council Member and stays active in his community.

Johnson, his wife Dianna and daughter Leila reside in Altadena, California.

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