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Frances E. Willard Elementary School

"Fantastic and eye opening."

"I was most impressed with he commitment of the staff and the earnest interest of the children to learn and participate. Get others involved so that others in our community can see the great work that is going on at our public schools."

- Kurt Knop, Executive Director Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Willard Ryan

Grade 3

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Frances E. Willard Elementary School
Principal: Dr. Debra DeBose

An International Baccalaureate School

This is Debra’s fifth year as principal at Willard Elementary School.  She was formerly a principal at Linda Vista Elementary School.  Debra received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University.  She holds a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Educational Administration awarded by UCLA and CSULA, respectively.  Debra earned a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA.

“Willard is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, authorized by the IB Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  It is an exciting learning environment where staff is committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for every student.  It is a family-oriented school with outstanding teachers and strong parent support groups.  The teachers are supported by excellent clerical, paraprofessional, and custodial staff members.”

Number of Students: 660
Grade Configuration: Pre-K - 5
Enrichment Programs include: International Baccalaureate Programme, African-American Girl Scouts of America, History Bee, Math Field Day, Spelling Bee, Instrumental music program, Mad Science Program, Student Council, Willard Running Club, Willard STEM Club, Yearbook, and Friday afternoon electives
Programs for students with unique needs: GATE (Gifted and Talented Education), Special Day Classes, Resource Specialist Program, and Speech & Language Program
After School Programs: Pasadena LEARNs, Pasadena After School Adventures Program, and Mad Science Program  
Community Partners include: All Saints Episcopal Church, Boys & Girls Club, Chapman Woods Homeowners Association, Cherry on Top, Chuck E. Cheeses Restaurant, Domenico’s Restaurant,  Fresh ‘N Easy Neighborhood tMarket, In-N-Out Burger, Islands Restaurant, Jamba Juice, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Pasadena Conservatory, Pasadena Assistance League, Red Robin Restaurant, Soup Plantation Restaurant, and Target Stores

Academic Performance Index (API): 859   

Principal for a Day: Kurt Knop
Executive Director Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

With over twenty seven years of successful sports management experience, I have proven results in growing and improving existing businesses and start-ups, while producing positive financial results. Firmly believe in developing teams and team members that thrive and connect with their roles and responsibilities to the benefit of the organization.


President and Executive Director

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

January 2004 – Present (9 years 10 months)

Develop and manage the Center's strategic, business and financial plans. Support and supervise 20 member senior management team that coordinates our 250+ member staff. Oversee the Center's continued expansion and growth in both participation and revenue. Financial growth from $1.7 to $6.2 million annually.

Managing Director

Prostate Cancer Foundation

November 1997 – December 2003 (6 years 2 months)

Created and led all development efforts related to programs with the PGA Tour. This partnership generated over $15 million for the largest private source of prostate cancer research.

General Manager and Acquisition Analyst

American Golf Corporation

June 1992 – November 1997 (5 years 6 months)

Managed four properties and worked in acquisitions for this global leader in golf course management.


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