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Fifteen Top Executives Are PPS Principals for a Day

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Fifteen Top Executives Are PPS Principals for a Day
Posted on 05/01/2015

Fifteen leaders of local businesses, colleges, nonprofits and other organizations will spend a day as guest principals at Portland’s public schools over the next two weeks as part of the third annual Principal for a Day program, run in partnership with the Portland Regional Chamber.

Beginning the week of May 4, each of the 15 top executives will be paired with a principal to see a school in action. The executives will be encouraged to share their insights about managing change in a complex institution, motivating employees to achieve their best and setting benchmarks to measure a company’s success. 

“This program has become more successful than we ever could have imagined,” said Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk. “It has helped forge ongoing relationships that have resulted in companies partnering with our schools in new and exciting ways.”

For example, after EnviroLogix’s president and CEO participated in the Principal for a Day program, that company partnered with the district to hold the first Portland Public Schools’ STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Exposition last November. Another former Principal for a Day partner, Idexx Laboratories, last year donated $18,000 in technology, equipment and 300 volunteer hours to give Lyman Moore Middle School a “Super Science Makeover” of its science classrooms.

Other Principal for a Day relationships have resulted in companies and other organizations providing school volunteers, student internships and other support for the district.

“We look forward this year to another group of leaders from Portland businesses, nonprofits and other organizations visiting our schools and sharing their insights and acumen,” Caulk said.

“Today’s students are our future employees, and business leaders recognize that,” said Chris Hall, the Chamber’s CEO. “This Principal for a Day program isn’t just show and tell. It gives CEOs the opportunity to partner up with principals to not only learn about what goes on in schools but also to help, by lending their expertise.”

This year’s participants come from a wide array of businesses, colleges, nonprofits and other organizations: Bernstein Shur; Cross Insurance Arena; The Bank of Maine; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine; L.L. Bean; The Gray Firm; Southern Maine Community College; Rippleffect; Winxnet; the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office; Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Homes; the Italian Heritage Center; Quirk Auto Group; Gorham Savings Bank; and Portland Community Health Center.

To learn more about who this year’s 15 participants are, click here.

Several executives got so much out of the Principal for a Day experience previously that they have signed up again this year. They include Ronald Cantor, president of Southern Maine Community College; Christopher Claudio, CEO of Winxnet; and Sarah Cox, L.L. Bean’s human resources director.