Community Leaders Invited to Serve as Principal for a Day

Record Number: 18826
Displayed from: Oct 15, 2019 , until: Dec 15, 2019

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 52 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event. Guests representing local businesses, elected officials, service organizations and community groups, will visit their assigned schools the morning of Thursday, Oct. 17, unless other arrangements were made.

The guest principals will visit the schools from the beginning of the school day until noon, experiencing what a principal goes through in a day. From welcoming students into a building to dealing with concerned parents to working directly with teachers to improve academic achievement, principals do it all. The guests will see the amount of time principals spend as instructional leaders, a key component to ensuring each student is educated to high standards.

Following the shadowing experience, the principals and their guests are invited to lunch at the FWCS Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave., where students in the FWCS Career Academy Culinary Arts program will prepare and serve a delicious meal.

“We appreciate all the community members willing to take time out of their schedules to spend time in our buildings, seeing first-hand what we do,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “I always love hearing stories from our guests about what they saw during Principal for a Day. Education has changed a lot since most adults were in school. We are focused on educating students for life, not just the next test, and that is evident from the moment our guests walk in the classroom.”

The guest principals come from a variety of occupations, leadership positions and organizations in our community. The following is a list of the schools participating and their guest principals:






Rev. David Spearman & Donna Spearman

The Kingdom First Church


Lisa Cotten

Physician Assistant/Regional Development, Family LifeCare

Bill C. Anthis Center

Adam Welch

Director of Economic Development, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.


Rev. Ron Williams

Pathway Community Church


Tom Lalevich

Owner, Tamurai Tea


Brett Gauger

Social Media Strategist, Asher Agency


Scott Woosley

Store Manager, Lowe’s Home Improvement


Sonia Atienzo

Officer, Fort Wayne Police Department


Sarah Verpooten

Business Development, Narrative Design & Furniture


Mayor Tom Henry

City of Fort Wayne

Forest Park

Mathew Kithara

Senior Programmer/Analyst, Fort Wayne Community Schools

Franke Park

Rev. Dale Henderson 

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

Glenwood Park

Rev. Bill Robinson

South Park Baptist Church


Lisa Rysiawa

Traffic Coordinator, PBS-39


Dr. Jim Burg

Dean, College of Professional Studies, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Harrison Hill

Jenifer Veatch

Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House


Tim Smith

President & CEO, Abundant Executive Living

Indian Village

Teri Litwinko

Realtor, North Eastern Realty Group


Deb Morrone

Grant Manager, Fort Wayne Community Schools


Rev. Luther Whitfield

New Covenant Worship Center


Dawn Studebaker

Co-Owner, The Game Annex


Andrew Stout

West Central Quartet


Matt Henry

President & CEO, Patterson-Riegel Advertising


Rochelle Metz

Real Estate Agent, Wieland Real Estate


Maria Norman

Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees


Quincy McGee

Director of Educational Ministries-Rising Stars, Associated Churches

Memorial Park

Iric Headley

Program Manager, Fort Wayne UNITED


Emily Wissel

Community Relations Manager, Old National Bank

New Tech Academy

Jeff McDonald

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Sweetwater Sound

North Side

Jane King

Director of Marketing, Heritage Park Retirement Centers


Makayla Gusching

Supervisor, Cooper Community Center


John Perlich

Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne


Jennifer Atienzo-Fisher

Director of Marketing & Communications, Fort Wayne Community Schools


Bryan Stine

Senior Vice President of Sales Operations, Fort Wayne Mad Ants


Pastor Kyle Horton

Three Rivers Wesleyan Church


Edmond O’Neal III

President, Northeast Indiana Works


Josette Rider

CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana


Charles Maydwell

Area Manager, Avanir Pharmaceuticals


Brenda Gerber Vincent

Vice President of Community and Corporate Impact, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

South Side

Chris Darby

Multimedia Journalist, WANE-15

South Wayne

Nancy Townsend

Redevelopment Deputy Director, City of Fort Wayne

St. Joseph Central

Dr. Joe Dunn*

Dunn Associates


Palermo Galindo         

Hispanic & Immigrant Liaison, City of Fort Wayne


Amanda Shepard

Vice President & COO, Fort Wayne Museum of Art


Nygel Simms

Regional Director, Urban Ministries, Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana

Washington Center

Pastor Tony Johnson

Lifehouse Church


Sen. Liz Brown

Indiana District 15


Lisa O’Leary-Tessier

Office Manager, Artemis International

Weisser Park

Julia Meek

Program Host/Producer, WBOI-89.1

Whitney Young

Erin McGuire

Sales Associate, Freistroffer & Associates

Whitney Young

Tom Freistroffer

Fort Wayne City Council Member; Sales Associate, Freistroffer & Associates

* Attending on alternative date.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.