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2022 Principal for a Day

Danny Feldman 200

Altadena Arts Magnet: Danny Feldman

Danny Feldman is the executive/artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse. He joins the California theatre from his current position as executive director at Labyrinth Theater Company in New York, where…(read more)

Karina Montilla Edmonds 200

Blair IB Magnet: Karina Montilla Edmonds

Karina Montilla Edmonds is a globally recognized visionary leader in the field of innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Global Head of…(read more)

Linda Morales 200

CIS Academy: Linda Morales

Linda Morales is a graduate of PHS, U.C. Berkeley, and Pacific Oaks College. She has worked as a school based counselor for Monrovia and Rosemead schools. She has also served…(read more)

Rick Kidd

Don Benito Fundamental: Rick Kidd

Rick Kidd, a second generation local, attended Pasadena Unified schools before graduation from Pasadena High School in 1964. The only time Rick has lived outside of the area was during…(read more)

Margaret Starbuck 200

Eliot Arts Magnet: Margaret Starbuck

Margaret Starbuck is a theatre director and arts administrator currently based in Los Angeles on Tongva land. Margaret uses she/they pronouns and identifies as mixed-race (Japanese-American and European-American). She is…(read more)

Del Lile

Field Elementary: Del Lile

Based in Pasadena, Del has distinguished himself with client-centric service and an impressive sales record that have garnered awards as well as a loyal community of repeat and referral buyers…(read more)

Jennie Vanacore 200

Field Elementary: Jennie Vanacore

With a reputation for integrity and native’s familiarity with the San Gabriel Valley, Jennie Vanacore treats each of her clients with confidentiality and care. During her real estate career, she…(read more)


Focus Point Academy: Niki Elliott

Dr. Niki Elliott is a speaker, retreat facilitator, and curriculum developer who is a staunch advocate for equity, inclusivity, and well-being in K-16 education. She serves as director of the…(read more)

Michelle Garrett

Hamilton Elementary: Michelle Garrett

Michelle Garrett has worked for the City of Pasadena for the past 19 years and was recently promoted to the role of Special Assistant to the City Manager. Michelle has…(read more)

Kaya Plansker

Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet: Kaya Plansker

Kaya Plansker is the Executive Director of Leadership Pasadena. Before jumping into the nonprofit world, Kaya spent 15+ years working as a brand and business director within advertising agencies such…(read more)

Jennifer Torres 200

Longfellow Elementary: Jennifer Torres

As Director of Strategy and Community Engagement with Caltech’s Office of Strategic Communications, Jennifer Torres helps to communicate the Institute’s worldwide impact on science, engineering, and education. Through public events…(read more)

Victor M Gordo 200

Madison Elementary: Victor M. Gordo

Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Victor immigrated to the United States with his parents as a young child. The oldest of six, Victor grew up in Pasadena and is a proud…(read more)

Jennifer Miyake-Trapp 200

Marshall Fundamental: Jennifer Miyake-Trapp

Dr. Miyake-Trapp has over a decade of experience in K-12 public schools. She has taught middle school and continuation high school in both urban and suburban settings, coached new teachers,…(read more)


McKinley School: Pablo Miralles

Pablo has over 30 years experience in the visual communications field, including serving as Production Coordinator on Cedar Grove Productions’ Academy Award-winning short film Visas and Virtue and Co-Producer on…(read more)

Amy Wainscott 200

Muir Early College Magnet: Amy Wainscott

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors has confirmed Amy Wainscott as President and Chairman of the Board for the 2023 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, providing leadership for…(read more)


Muir Early College Magnet: Kristen Haggins

Kristen Haggins has spent her over 25 year career in service to her community, from private consulting to nonprofit, philanthropic and local government clients, to leadership at the statewide level.…(read more)

Karen Gilyard 200

Norma Coombs Elementary: Karen Gilyard

Karen Gilyard represents California school districts, charter schools, special education local plan areas (“SELPAs”), and county offices of education/county superintendents of schools in education law and discrimination law. Ms. Gilyard…(read more)

Karen Burgess 200

Octavia E. Butler Magnet: Karen Burgess

Karen Burgess was born and raised in Pasadena, Karen is a proud PUSD alumna – having attended Allendale, Jackson, McKinley, and John Muir. She went on to earn a BA…(read more)

Christianne Kerns 200

Pasadena High: Christianne Kerns

Ms. Kerns is Hahn & Hahn’s Managing Partner and a member of the firm’s business practice group. She is the firm’s first female Managing Partner and has emphasized diversity, equity…(read more)

Alma Stokes 200

Rose City High: Alma Stokes

On a recent summer evening in the Historic City Hall Courtyard, the Pasadena Educational Foundation celebrated its founding five decades ago and awarded long-time teacher and mentor, engaged activist and…(read more)

Ann Snow 200

San Rafael Elementary” Ann Snow

Marguerite Ann Snow, Ph.D. is Professor at California State University, Los Angeles where she teaches in the TESOL M.A. program. She is co-author/co-editor of 11 books, including her most recent…(read more)

Dr. Miller

Sierra Madre Elementary: Steven Miller

Steven R. Miller, Ed.D. began his career over 34 years ago in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a teacher of mathematics. He later moved to the Antelope Valley…(read more)


Sierra Madre Middle: Mabell Garcia Paine

Mabell Garcia Paine is the President of Viridis Consulting, a Pasadena-based clean energy consultancy certified as a Minority Woman-Owned (MWBE) and Small Business (SBE) firm. Her expertise is in program…(read more)

Jeannine Bogaard

Washington Elementary: Jeannine Bogaard

Jeannine has a long career in education and has recently returned to Pasadena after a prestigious career abroad. After graduating from University of California, San Diego, she went to Spain…(read more)

Patrick Zarifian

Webster Elementary: Patrick Zarifian

Patrick Zarifian is the Chief Experience Officer at the $4.2 Billion California Credit Union located in Glendale CA. Patrick is a 24-year veteran of the financial services industry and was…(read more)

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