The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:32 pm

Local professionals go back to school

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

It was the annual Principal for a Day event at Fort Wayne Community Schools on Thursday. More than 50 professionals from business, education, religion, legal, law enforcement and entertainment circles walked the walk the principal takes every day.

Their day ended around noon, when they were invited to lunch at the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis downtown. Students from the Academy’s culinary arts program prepared their meal.

Superintendent Wendy Robinson said many participants hadn’t been in a school since the day they had graduated.

“They see how schools operate today,” she said. “They see much has changed, particularly in the role of the principal. Most adults remember their principal sitting in the office all day. You will rarely find the principal in his or her chair.”

The shadow principals arrived at the start of the school day and welcomed students into the building. They also saw how the principals work with concerned parents and teachers.

Who was Principal?

Most principals for a day made their appearance Thursday, although some shadow principals already did their stint and a couple are scheduled to participate soon, according to FWCS officials. 

Abbett Elementary

Dave Millhouse, Executive Director, JPMorgan Private Banking

Adams Elementary

Palermo Galindo, Citywide Community Liaison

Anthis Career Academy

Gary Gatman, Northeast Indiana Works

Arlington Elementary

Steve Corona, FWCS Board of School Trustees and Carmen Griffith, Interim Director, Community Harvest Food Bank

Blackhawk Middle 

Adam Smith, Realtor, Coldwell Banker RWG

Bloomingdale Elementary

Vernard Hollins, President/CEO, Always 100 Basketball

Brentwood Elementary

Candice Roberson, Branch Manager, PNC

Bunche Early Childhood Center

David Mitchell, Owner, CSF Floor Covering Specialists

Croninger Elementary

Shelly Meyer, Business & Community Relationship Manager, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union

Fairfield Elementary

Brian Bauer, CEO, Lutheran Health Network

Forest Park Elementary

Keristen “Big Kess” Baker, Program Director, 96.9

Franke Park Elementary

Patrick Shown, Firefighter, Fort Wayne Fire Department

Glenwood Park Elementary

Jessica Swinford, Coordinator, FWCS Community Programs

Haley Elementary

Dawn Kennedy, Compensation Specialist, Allen County Human Resources Department

Harris Elementary

Bob Arenobine, Pastor, Grace Brethren Church

Harrison Hill Elementary

Corey Malcolm, F.C. Tucker/Malcolm and Schlueter Realtors

Holland Elementary

Becky Hill, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Indian Village Elementary

Ron Marker, Community Volunteer

Irwin Elementary

Kim Ward, Realtor, Northeastern Group

Jefferson Middle 

Jessica Simmons, Assistant Director of Admissions, Ivy Tech Community College

Kekionga Middle

Hayli Beck, In-School Program Manager, Junior Achievement

Lakeside Middle

Billy King, Head Coach, IPFW Golf

Lane Middle


Lincoln Elementary

Stan Phillips, Realtor, Bradley Company

Lindley Elementary

Susan Holleran, Special Education, FWCS

Maplewood Elementary

Loraine Frank-Lightfoot, CNO, Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates

Memorial Park Middle

Steve Cresse, Pastor, Life Community Church

Miami Middle

Reggie Hayes, Sports Reporter, The News-Sentinel

Nebraska Elementary

Phyllis Bush, Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education

New Tech High

H. Joseph Cohen, Attorney, Barrett McNagny

North Side High

Frank Jackson, FWCS Transportation Director

Northcrest Elementary

Cindy Burkhart, Realtor, North Eastern Group Realty

Northrop High

Megan Reust, Communications Director, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health

Northwood Middle

Lee Pines, Owner, Jersey Mike’s Subs

Portage Middle

Austin Rodenberg, Manager, Five Below

Price Elementary

Brittney Perry, Branch Manager, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union

Scott Elementary

Michael Packnett, CEO, Parkview Health

Shambaugh Elementary

Al Moll, Director, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation

Shawnee Middle

Michael Barranda, Attorney, Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLC

Snider High

Daniel Heath, Judge, Allen County Superior Court

South Side High

Julie Hollingsworth, FWCS Board of School Trustees

South Wayne Elementary

Mike Conley, Owner, Mike Conley Music

St. Joseph Central Elementary

Tom Didier, Fort Wayne City Council, 3rd District

Study Elementary

Jim Anderson, Executive Director, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Towles Intermediate

Jill Kinder, Kinder and Sons

Ward Education Center

Anne Duff, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Washington Elementary

Thomas Eggold, Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Washington Center Elementary

Curtis Smith, Meteorologist, 21 Alive

Wayne High

Dave Umber, Umber’s Do it Best

Waynedale Elementary

Jason Hoffman, Service Manager, Wells Fargo

Weisser Park Elementary

John Byrne, Artistic Director, Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Whitney Young Elementary

Jim Ruckel, Chiropractor

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