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John Muir High School

Jasmin Rocha
Grade 5

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
John Muir High School
Principal: Mr. Tim Sippel

Tim Sippel is honored to be serving in his second year as principal at John Muir High School.  Mr. Sippel graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service and a Certificate in Latin American Studies in 1991. He was recruited by Teach for America to work in the Los Angeles Unified School District where he served for 14 years. He earned a master’s degree in education from UCLA in 2004 and joined the Pasadena Unified School District in August 2005.  Sippel served as Assistant Principal at Blair and Muir High Schools, and was instrumental in supporting the restructuring of Muir into “Linked Learning” academies in 2008. During the 2011-2012 school year Mr. Sippel served as the district-wide Director of Linked Learning (College and Career Pathways). 
John Muir High School has a rich tradition of excellence spanning nearly 90 years—thousands of students have completed their education at Muir and gone on to make a tremendous difference in this city, in our nation, and in the world.  Muir’s Alumni Hall of Fame is full of individuals who have demonstrated the impact our graduates can make.  Our current students represent a new generation of Mustangs who have the potential to exceed the accomplishments of all who have come before them.  We are committed to preparing every student to successfully complete a college degree and/or competitive postsecondary training as they go on fulfill the next chapter of the John Muir High School legacy.
Grade Configuration: 9-12
Number of Students: 989
Community Partners include: National Academy Foundation, JPL, Art Center College of Design, Pankow Builders, Pasadena Department of Water and Power, Pasadena Rotary, Altadena Rotary, Ideal Youth, College Access Plan, Mentoring Partnership for Youth Development, Outward Bound Adventures, US Forest Service, Links, D’Veal Youth and Family Services, and Young and Healthy.
Signature Programs: College and Career Pathways: Arts, Media and Entertainment, Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Environmental Science, Puente, AVID, and Mustangs on the Move.
Enrichment Programs: Journalism (Blazer Newspaper), Link Crew, Robotics, Muir Ranch, El Centro Leadership Academy, YWCA Just for Girls, Black Student Union, FIRST Robotics, Solar Cup Team,
Academic Performance Index (API): 618

Principal for a Day: Ed Bacon
Rector All Saints Church

Ed Bacon has been the rector of All Saints Church since 1995. During his tenure All Saints has continued its reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit, and a progressive peace and justice agenda.

Under Ed’s leadership All Saints has created New Vision Partners, a non-profit resource center to create innovative, collaborative partnerships for 21st century social action and urban ministry with interfaith colleagues, and Transformational Journeys, physical journeys of faith which transform participants through challenging encounters with other local and global communities.

His energies focus on leadership in anxious times; integrating family, faith and work systems; healthy spirituality; interfaith relations; economic justice; resistance to war; the abolition of the death penalty; eradicating varied expressions of bigotry, including genocide, and articulating the Christian faith in non-bigoted ways. He is a founder of Beyond Inclusion and Claiming the Blessing (gay & straight Episcopalians organized on the parish and national levels to realize justice for gays and lesbians) and a co-founder of ICUJP: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. He serves on Human Rights Watch California Committee South and on other national and community boards. He has been honored several times for his peace and justice work.

Ed is the author of 8 Habits of Love. He has been both a guest and a regular guest host on Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series on Oprah & Friends Radio, and in January 2009 he was a guest panelist in the Spirituality 101 segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show’s “Living Your Best Life” series. He is a contributor to and a frequent guest on Super Soul Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

In 1999 his alma mater, the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, named him their Whiteside Distinguished Preacher. His undergraduate school, Mercer University, conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May, 1999; and in May, 2005, Church Divinity School of the Pacific conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree.

Prior to coming to All Saints, Bacon served as Dean of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Jackson, Mississippi; Rector of St Mark’s in Dalton, Georgia; and Dean of Students and Campus Ministry at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

He is married to Hope Hendricks-Bacon and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Principal for a Day: Jacque Robinson
Vice Mayor City of Pasadena, District 1

Elected to serve a four year term in May 2007, Jacque Robinson became one the youngest elected officials in the history of the City of Pasadena at age 28. Born and raised in Pasadena, Jacque is a product of the district she now represents. She has devoted her first term in office to issues of youth and young adult development, public safety, and economic development for the benefit of residents in her district. She is most proud of her collaborative work spearheading the Pasadena-Altadena 20/20 Initiative (a grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations working to stop gang and community violence by focusing on the highest risk, highest need, gang-impacted youth, young adults and their families), securing funding and completion for the first Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan, and providing yearly emergency preparedness training for her constituents.

Raised by parents who work as a cement mason and postal clerk, Jacque has spent the majority of her professional life fighting for working families as a labor community organizer. She has worked on community, issue-based and electoral campaigns with the California Teachers Association, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, California Federation of Teachers, and the Los Angeles Urban League. She is a contributing member of the Public Safety, Legislative Policy, and Economic Development & Technology City Council Committees and serves as city representative to the Foothill Workforce Investment Policy Board and the Gamble House. In 2009, Jacque was selected by her Council colleagues to serve as Chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Youth, Families, and Neighborhoods and sits on the Transportation, Communications & Public Works Policy Committee of the California League of Cities.

Jacque is a 2006 graduate of Former Senator Barack Obama's Hopefund - Yes We Can Training Program and a 2005 graduate of the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute. Jacque maintains her commitment to public service and social justice as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Pasadena Alumnae Chapter and the Pasadena Branch NAACP. A proud public school graduate, Jacque is an alumna of John Muir High School (1996) and earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (2000). She expects her M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge in December 2010.

Jacque credits the Pasadena Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus for sparking her interest in running for public office and the Los Angeles African American Public Policy Institute for preparing her path. Since the demands of being in public elected office are many and her free time is limited, she enjoys the opportunity to just remain at home, travel, and play with her dog, Sam. Jacque does her best to approach life by the reference, “Don’t talk about it. Be about it” and is honored to serve the community that raised her to be the leader she is today.

Principal for a Day: Elise Wetzel
Founder Blaze Pizza

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