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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 2017 was held on October 4.

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 12th 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.

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.


Contact us at connect@pasedfoundation.org

Principal for a Day 2017

Altadena Elementary School

Principal: Benita Scheckel

Principal for a Day: Jennifer Hall Lee

Filmmaker, Jennifer Hall Lee


Andrew Jackson STEM Dual Language

Principal: Rita Exposito

Principal for a Day: Dave Silvey

Executive Communications Officer, Huntington Medical Research Institutes


Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Principal: Merian Stewart

Principal for a Day: Joel Robinson

Retired Consultant, Environmental Science


Blair IB Magnet School

Principal: David Ibarra

Principal for a Day: Bob Long

Retired Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP


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

Principal: Lori Touloumian

Principal for a Day: Anthony J. Portantino

Senator, California State Senate


Cleveland Elementary School

Principal: Debra Lucas

Principal for a Day: Felicia Williams

Planning Commissioner, City of Pasadena


Daniel Webster Elementary School

Principal: Jeffrey Bauer

Principal for a Day: Stefan Lehner

Regional Vice President, Community Bank


Don Benito Fundamental School

Principal: Paula Chamberlain

Principal for a Day: Allison Hill

President and CEO, Vroman’s Bookstore


Eugene Field Elementary School

Principal: Daniel Bagby

Principal for a Day: Sarah Deschenes

Board Member, Pasadena Educational Foundation

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

Principal: Angela Baxter

Principal for a Day: David Eads

Executive Director, Pasadena Tournament of Roses


Hamilton Elementary School

Principal: Erika Cooper

Principal for a Day: Steve Schell

Co-Founder and CEO, New Matter


Henry Longfellow Elementary School

Principal: Erica Ingber

Principal for a Day: Phyllis Crandon

Board Member, Pasadena Community Foundation


James Madison Elementary School

Principal: Noemi Montano Orduna

Principal for a Day: Luisa Rengifo

Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices


Jefferson Elementary School

Principal: Amin Oria

Principal for a Day: Raymond Ealy

Executive Director / Founder, STEAM:CODERS


John Muir High School

Principal: Lawton Gray

Principal for a Day: Richard De Jesu

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Northern Trust


John Marshall Fundamental School

Principal: Mark Anderson

Principal for a Day: Alan J. Romero

Principal, Attorney, Romero Law, APC


Norma Coombs Elementary School

Principal: Jennifer Smith

Principal for a Day: LaVon Short

SVP/Sales and Marketing Manager, Citizens Business Bank

Pasadena High School

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

Principal: Brian Stanley

Principal for a Day: Laura Diallo

Executive Assitant – Project Coordinator, KBKG


San Rafael Elementary School

Principal: Rodolfo Ramirez Jr.

Principal for a Day: Marc LeShay

President/CEO, AEGERIA & Integral Computing Services


Sierra Madre Elementary School

Principal: Lindsay Lewis

Principal for a Day: Susan Long

Retired Teacher


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

Principal: Merle Bugarin

Principal for a Day: Robin McCarthy

Chair, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce


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

Principal: Shannon Malone

Principal for a Day: Ishmael Trone

Co-Founder, Ideal Youth Inc.


William McKinley School

Principal: Nicole Duquette

Principal for a Day: David Martinez

Managing Director, TIAA


Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Principal for a Day: Elizabeth Jones

President, Institute for Educational Advancement

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

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

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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.