Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"Principals for a Day"

During the week of November 14 – 18, nearly 100 schools across Fulton County hosted business and community leaders to participate in “Principal for a Day.” The program is held during American Education Week, and aims to educate leaders on what it takes to successfully manage a school, while establishing relationships with the community.

This year the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties had Ashley Shoemaker, President; Molly Stone, VP Community; and Penny Sibley, Secretary act as “Principals for a Day.”  

Molly Stone, VP Community; “Principal for a Day” at Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell
Molly shadowed Kindra Smith, who has been the principal at Elkins Pointe Middle School for the last two years. Throughout the day, Molly visited several different classes, where it was apparent that Ms. Smith’s dedication and leadership style has helped shape the school.

A highlight from her time as principal was the opportunity to serve as a judge for a seventh grade Japanese class’ Iron Chef Competition. The students cooked traditional Japanese foods and then presented them to the class before Molly and Johnson sensei, the Japanese teacher, tried each dish and chose a winner.

Penny Sibley, Secretary; “Principal for a Day” at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School in Milton
Penny shadowed Dr. Rachel Williams and Ayo Richardson, who are the principal and assistant principal of Crabapple Crossing Elementary School.

Penny was fortunate enough to be principal during Crabapple’s Thanksgiving celebrations. She watched kindergarteners perform for their parents and attended fifth grade “Pioneer Day,” where she saw students learn how to make homemade butter, play with marbles and learn more about steam energy.

Ashley Shoemaker, President; “Principal for a Day” at Crabapple Middle School in Roswell
Ashley shadowed Dr. Rako Morrissey who is in her third year of administration at Crabapple Middle School.

During her time at Crabapple, Ashley spoke with the graduation coach who has created a small after-school program dedicated to promoting girls’ self-esteem. The group consists of girls who have been recommended by teachers or other staff members and promotes positive life choices and empowerment. The graduation coach uses her own time and resources available to take the group on outings, like hiking, and graduates of the program are brought in as mentors to current students.

Fulton’s “Principal for a Day” program is a partnership between the Fulton County School System, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, South Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. Click here to watch a video about “Principal for a Day” and learn more about the program.

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