Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 50 community members into our schools Friday, November 14, to serve as Principal for a Day. With 50 of our 53 school buildings participating, this is the largest Principal for a Day ever. The only buildings not participating are those where principals are not available because they are attending conferences or in training.

The guest principals will visit the schools from 8 a.m. to noon Friday and will have a chance to experience what a principal goes through in a day. From welcoming students into a building to dealing with concerned parents to working with teachers to improve academic achievement, principals do it all.

Following the shadowing experience, the principals and their guests are invited to lunch at Barr Street Café, where Anthis Career Center students will prepare their meal.

“We welcome the opportunity to show our guests what a principal’s job entails and how our schools operate today,” Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. “Schools can’t do this job alone and we count on our community to support our schools. We appreciate that they are giving up time in their busy schedules to spend a morning with us.”

This year, the guest principals come from a variety of occupations, leadership positions and activist organizations in our community. The list includes several Realtors, who have the unique job of helping people choose where they will live.


The following is a list of the schools participating and their guest principals:


Elementary Schools

•Abbett – Mike Egts, RE/MAX Results

•Adams – Jerry Peterson, President & CEO of United Way of Allen County

•Arlington – Corey Malcolm, Mike Thomas Associates

•Bloomingdale – Karen Gibbons-Brown, Executive/Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Ballet

•Brentwood – Michael Packnett, CEO of Parkview Hospital

•Bunche – Don McArdle, McCoy Bolt Works

•Croninger – Ken Richardson, Blackhawk Forest Association

•Forest Park – Brad Skarie, Lincoln Financial Group

• Franke Park – Angie Liston, YMCA Program Director

•Glenwood Park – Russ Baker, Ivy Tech Community College

•Haley – Dr. Richard Avdul, retired University of Saint Francis professor

•Harris – Karen Goldner, City Council

•Harrison Hill – Robin Wright, Executive Vice President of Star Financial Bank

•Holland – Nancy Townsend, City Utilities

•Indian Village – Judge Charles Pratt, Allen County Family Court

•Irwin – Brady Garrison, WMEE

•Lincoln – Jeannette Rinard, Majic 95.1

•Lindley – Liz Brown, City Council

•Maplewood – John-Michael Segyde, Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber

•Nebraska – Sheryl Edwards, Indiana Michigan Power

•Northcrest – Sam Young II, Old Fort YMCA

•Pleasant Center – Kevin Creager, Genesis Heating and Cooling

•Price – Dr. Janice Thompson, Indiana Tech Associate Professor of Education• Scott Academy – Jonathon Ray, Urban League

•Shambaugh – Scott Dierckman, Cardinal Fitness

•South Wayne – Tim Smith, Verizon Director of Operations for Indiana

•St. Joseph Central – Vic Martin, MartinRiley

•Study – Steve Corona, FWCS Board member

•Towles – Peggy Hayes, Westchester Neighborhood Association

•Washington – Larry Wardlaw, Asher Agency

•Washington Center – Denny McCoy, Hearthstone Neighborhood Association

•Waynedale – J. Arnold, Old National Bank

•Weisser Park – Pamela Martin-Diaz, FWCS Board member

•Whitney Young – P.J. Thuringer, City of Fort Wayne


Middle Schools

•Blackhawk – Jon Olinger, FWCS Board member

•Jefferson – Jennifer Renner, Community Action of Northeast Indiana

•Kekionga – Kevin Brown, FWCS Board member

•Lakeside – Ryan Elijah, Indiana’s News Center

•Lane – Robin Winans-Moisica, Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber

•Memorial Park – Arthur Snyder, President of Indiana Tech

•Miami – Michael Joyner, PIO, Fort Wayne Police Department

•Northwood – Tim Miller, HWI/Do it Best Corp.

•Portage – Grant Shipley, Wildwood Park Community Association


High Schools

•Elmhurst – Chris Stewart, Findlay Industries

•North Side – Juanita Mejia-Goodwell, Indiana Youth Institute

•Northrop – Zenovia Pearson, Northwest Area Advocate, City of Fort Wayne

•Snider – Susie Peirce, PBS

•South Side – Patty Tritch, RE/MAX Results

•Wayne – Mark GiaQuinta, FWCS Board member

•Ward Education Center – John Peirce, FWCS Board member

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