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Record Number: 19258
Displayed from: Oct 20, 2021 , until: Dec 20, 2021

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 41 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event. Guests representing local businesses, churches, service organizations and community groups will visit their assigned schools the morning of Thursday, Oct. 21, 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 what has changed – and what hasn’t – because of the pandemic.

Each year following the event, many guest principals find ways to continue partnering with their host school. The following is a list of the schools participating and their guest principals:

 

SCHOOL

Name

Affiliation

Abbett

Deanah Melvin

Fort Wayne Community Schools,
Facilities Department

Adams

LaTiesha LaRue

Ferguson Advertising

Arlington

Ellen Cutter

Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Blackhawk

Rob Hayworth

Northwestern Mutual

Bloomingdale

Jamie Shenk

Fort Wayne Community Schools,
Curriculum & Instruction Department

Bunche

Sofia Rosales-Scatena

Captain, Fort Wayne Police Department

Croninger

Melyssa Lennington

Owner, Culver’s

Forest Park*

Beth Weber

Magistrate, Allen County Superior Court

Franke Park

Troy Hershberger 

Chief Deputy, Allen County Sheriff’s Department

FWCS Career Academy

Kayla Blakeslee

WOWO

Glenwood Park

Rev. Karen Staten

Destiny Life Center & Women’s Homeless Shelter

Harris

Emily Dwire

WANE-TV

Harrison Hill

Malak Heiny

Associate City Attorney, City of Fort Wayne

Holland

Tom Trent

Rothberg Law Firm

Indian Village

Neal Bowman

Sturges Property Group

Irwin

Jennifer Matthias

Board Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Jefferson

Dustin Butcher

University of Saint Francis

Lakeside

Nick Sharpe

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Lindley

Shawn Neff

Schenkel Construction

Maplewood

Matt Plett

Fort Wayne Artist

Memorial Park

Jeffery Nowak

Purdue Fort Wayne

Miami

Grace Kelly

GK Baked Goods

North Side

Pat Morello

Junior Achievement

Northrop

Brian Lytle

Kelley Chevrolet

Northwood

Rohli Booker

Board Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Portage

Austen Rigelman

Tournament Director, World Baseball Academy

Price

Noah Smith

Board Member, FWCS Board of School Trustees

Scott

Zach Evans

Fort Wayne Community Schools,
Facilities Department

Shambaugh

Panos Bourounis

Owner, Cosmos & Salvatori’s

Shawnee

Dr. Elicia Harris

Community North Hospital

South Side

Tommy Schoegler

Parkview Sports Medicine

South Wayne

Dr. Dixie Garner

Former South Wayne Principal

St. Joseph Central

Sarah Fleeger

Fastsigns

Study

Rev. Quincy McGhee

LifeWay Bible Fellowship

Towles

Laurie Stockton-Moreno

Trine University

Washington Center

Ryan Cochran

Broadway Christian Church

Wayne

Chris Darby

District Communications Director, Rep. Jim Banks

Waynedale

Sara Shipe

Technology Coordinator, Fort Wayne Community Schools

Weisser Park

David Kirk

Fort Wayne Photographer

Weisser Park

Michael Green

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Whitney Young

Dr. Wylie Sirk

Purdue Fort Wayne

*Guest 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.