Pasadena Educational Foundation Hosts 12th Annual Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day

Published : Monday, October 2, 2017 | 3:43 PM

Local business and civic leaders will be spending the day in the principal’s office on Wednesday, October 4th for the annual Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) “Principal for a Day” program. Sponsored and coordinated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), the program matches the talent and expertise of local community members with a school principal.

In its 12th year, the Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day program has involved more than 389 community members and helped build lasting relationships between the schools, businesses, and the wider community. Participants spend a morning on campus shadowing a PUSD school principal, giving them a rare and valuable perspective of running a public school.

“Principal for a Day creates partnerships that strengthen our schools and tomorrow’s workforce,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “We welcome civic and business leaders to our schools so that they can see first-hand the vibrant and innovative teaching and learning that is preparing our students for success in college and careers.”

This year guest principals include: Judge Paul Watford – U.S Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit, Steve Schell – Co-founder and CEO New Matter, Jennifer Hall Lee – Filmmaker, Elizabeth Jones – Institute for Educational Advancement, Felicia Williams – City of Pasadena Planning Commissioner, David Eads – Executive Director and CEO Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and State Senator Anthony Portantino.

After a day on campus, the 2017 class of “Principal for a Day” graduates will gather for a luncheon and meet other principals and community leaders at Altadena Town & Country Club to share their experiences. Jason Roberts, co-founder and Executive Director of the Math Academy, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. Other speakers include, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, State Senator Anthony Portantino, and PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald.

PUSD “Principal for a Day” Program will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Participating PUSD Schools. For a full list of participants visit







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