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Principal for a Day invites community business and civic leaders to spend a morning with a school principal to better understand their complex role and get perspective on the school system from within.

Principal for a Day 2018 will be held on October 24.

Sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day is a catalyst for relationships between local businesses and schools that bring volunteers, resources, and motivation to our students and enrich our community.

In its 13th year, Principal for a Day has involved more than 389 community members and helped build lasting relationships between the 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.

Thank you Wells Fargo for supporting our 2018 Principal for a Day!


Contact us at connect@pasedfoundation.org

2018 Principal for a Day

Altadena Elementary School
Kaitlyn Nader
Director of GRAMMY Museum

Andrew Jackson STEM Dual
Colleen Bates
Publisher Prospect Park Books

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Blair IB Magnet School
Gabrielle Littman
Director of Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Michael Than
Physician Kaiser Permanente

Center for Independent Study
Laura Diallo
Executive Assistant – KBKG, Inc.

Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet
Rita Ryack
Costume Designer

Cleveland Elementary School
Jill Girod

Daniel Webster Elementary School
John Leano
Sales & Marketing Bryan’s Cleaners

Don Benito Fundamental School
Grant Hosford
CEO & Co-founder codeSpark

Eugene Field Elementary School
Matthew Manos
Founder & Managing verynice.

Focus Point Academy
Kathryn Meagher
Retired Insurance Professional

Frances E. Willard Elementary School
Shelley Arakawa
Director of Regional Punahou School
Hamilton Elementary School
Keith Russell
Margaret Russell

Henry Longfellow Elementary School
James Howard
Retired Associate California State

James Madison Elementary School
Linda Morales
Founder Con Cariño

Jefferson Elementary School
Hilda Hernandez
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway

John Marshall Fundamental School
Dr. Heather Brunold
Executive Director TEDxPasadena/Words2
Dorothy Blyskal
Screenwriter Sonbird Productions, Inc.

John Muir High School
Dawn Marchand
Norma Coombs Elementary School
Brandon Shamim
President Beacon Management

Pasadena High School
Phil Hettema
President and The Hettema Group
Ted Ross
Chief Information City of LA Information

Rose City High School
Laura Diallo Executive Assistant – KBKG, Inc.

San Rafael Elementary School
Jason Lyon
Attorney Hahn & Hahn LLP

Sierra Madre Elementary School
Richard von Ernst
Associate Pacific Union

Sierra Madre Middle School
Robyn Mizes

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
Lori Gangemi
CEO AbilityFirst

Washington Elementary STEM Magnet
Tim Hartley
Realtor Deasy/Penner &

Washington STEAM Magnet Academy
Craig Dayman
Project Manager Farmers Insurance
Frances Dayman
Operations Manager California Measurements

William McKinley School
Erikk Aldridge
Director, Community AEG

Woodrow Wilson Middle School TBD

“The children seemed so comfortable and happy. The school radiated positivity.

The Principal knew EVERYONE! It was an incredible experience.”

School Principals
Community and Business Leaders

Principal for a Day 2017

2017 guest principals included:

Judge Paul Watford – U.S Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit, Steve Schell – Co-founder and CEO New Matter, Jennifer Hall Lee – Filmmaker, Elizabeth Jones – Institute for Educational Advancement, Felicia Williams – City of Pasadena Planning Commissioner, David Eads – Executive Director and CEO Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and State Senator Anthony Portantino.

After the day on campus, the 2017 class of “Principal for a Day” graduates will gather for a luncheon and meet other principals and community leaders at Altadena Town & Country Club to share their experiences. Jason Roberts, co-founder and Executive Director of the Math Academy, served as this year’s keynote speaker. Other speakers include, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Senator Anthony Portantino, and PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald.

See our full list of 2017 Principals here.

Support Your Community Schools

Principal for a Day is one of the many ways the Pasadena Educational Foundation helps connect the resources of our community with our public schools.