A diverse group of business and community leaders became "Principals for a Day" in the PUSD on Nov. 10, visiting the public schools of Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre to see the endeavors, challenges, and accomplishments of its students and teachers. The sixth-annual program was coordinated by PEF and sponsored by Merrill Lynch.
After spending the morning at their designated schools, PFAD participants and principals gathered for lunch at the Westin to hear from PUSD Superintendent Edwin Diaz, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, and keynote speaker Stephen Ralph, CEO and President of Huntington Hospital.
"Academic growth in our schools continues to increase," said Diaz who contributes ongoing success of the PUSD in part to ever-growing community engagement, as well as outstanding principals and teachers. Citing the PFAD program among his favorites, Diaz said it's key in helping to dispel lingering misinformed perceptions of PUSD schools.
Stephen Ralph said Huntington Hospital counts on the area public schools to supply future employees of the medical profession and that Huntington has benefited greatly by having a ready workforce graduating from local schools. "It's an obligation of businesses to support young people and public education," he said. "The various relationships and partnerships we've had with the PUSD have really paid off for Huntington Hospital."
Principal for a Day is a nationwide program successfully used in many school districts to cultivate stronger relationships between schools, businesses, and the wider community.
The 2010 Principals for a Day:
Mike Babcock, Community Volunteer - Franklin Elementary
Rosie Bell, Coldwell Banker - Center for Independent Studies
Pseudonymous Bosch, Author - San Rafael Elementary
Marie Campbell, Sapphos - Field Elementary
Angelica Clark, Parsons Foundation - Wilson Middle School
Craig Colbath, Merrill Lynch - Hamilton Elementary
Phyllis Currie, Pasadena Water & Power - Washington Middle School
Geoff Elliott, A Noise Within Theater Company - Sierra Madre Middle School
George Faiardeau, Art Center College of Design - Rose City
Sue Femino, Community Volunteer - Willard Elementary
John Fosselman, Fosselman's Ice Cream Co. - Altadena Elementary
Sarah Horner-Fish, Tom Sawyer Camps - Longfellow Elementary
Frank Giradot, Pasadena Star News - Roosevelt Elementary
Cynthia Kurtz, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership - Eliot Middle School
Jonathan Litvack, Westin - Blair IB
Bobby Lomeli, Pasadena Police Dept. - McKinley Elementary
Marah Lyvers, Junior League of Pasadena - Loma Alta Elementary
Steve Madison, City Councilman - San Rafael
Katherine Murray-Morse, Pacific Asia Museum - McKinley Elementary
Bill Opel, Huntington Medical Research Institute - Blair IB
Sharon Patterson, Caltech - Marshall Fundamental
Anthony Portantino, 44th Assembly District - Pasadena High School
George Regas, Regas Institute - Marshall Fundamental
Mark Rocha, President, PCC - Blair IB
Elizabeth Sadion, Girls on the Run - Burbank Elementary
Robin Salzer, Robin's Restaurant - Don Benito Elementary
Norman Sarafian, RBC Wealth Management - Webster Elementary
Melanie Schow, Schow Foundation - Norma Coombs Elementary
Juliana Serrano, All Saints Church - Madison Elementary
Allen Shay, Shay & Associates - Cleveland Elementary
Nicole Warner, Operation Hope - Washington Accelerated
Stephen Watkins, AON, Inc. - Sierra Madre Elementary
Hal Yorke, JPL - Muir Science Engineering Academy