Local Professionals Gain Insight Into PYLUSD Schools and Responsibilities of Site Leaders at Annual Principal for a Day Event

On Wednesday, March 27, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD), in partnership with the Placentia and Yorba Linda chambers of commerce, held its annual “Principal for a Day” event. The chambers organized a list of community members and local business representatives to shadow principals across the district.

Not only did guest principals have the opportunity to gain an exclusive view of school sites, but they also learned about the long list of responsibilities that come with being a principal in PYLUSD. Many of them gave the morning announcements, toured a variety of classrooms, read a story to students, and had the chance to witness innovative learning along the way. The experience also provided an opportunity for the district to demonstrate what makes their schools so special including extensive programs, high-quality teachers, state-of-the-art facilities, integrated technology, and strong community support.

Following their morning on campus, principals and guest principals joined the Board of Education, district leaders including Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss, and representatives from the Placentia and Yorba Linda chambers to share what they learned about the role of a principal, educating K-12 students, and the day-to-day operations of a school site.

The Principal for a Day event aligns with The PYLUSD Advantage Focus Area 3.0, “Engaged Community,” which encourages positive relationships among students, staff, and parents as well as educational, business, and community partners.

The district is very grateful for the continued support of the Placentia and Yorba Linda chambers of commerce and all who make up its engaged community! Below is a list of guest principals assigned to each school.

Elementary SchoolsGuest Principal
Brookhaven Elementary SchoolJuan Carlos Vazquez
Bryant Ranch SchoolNicole Jenkins
Fairmont Elementary SchoolCyndi Violi
Glenknoll Elementary SchoolPaulina Dole
Glenview Elementary SchoolBrian Moore
Golden Elementary SchoolMaddie Smith
Lakeview Elementary SchoolYorba Linda City Manager Mark Pulone
Linda Vista Elementary SchoolJeremy Hanewinckel
Mabel Paine Elementary SchoolCaptain De Anne Wigginton
Melrose Elementary SchoolRosamaria Gomez-Amaro
Morse Elementary SchoolNelida Mora
Rio Vista Elementary SchoolDana Lynch
Rose Drive Elementary SchoolLynn Campbell
Sierra Vista Elementary SchoolCourtney Solomonson
Topaz Elementary SchoolLaNeesha Monique
Travis Ranch School (TK-8)Council Woman Janice Lim
Tynes Elementary SchoolMichelle Mucino
Van Buren Elementary SchoolPlacentia Mayor Jeremy Yamaguchi
Wagner Elementary SchoolGayle Carline
Woodsboro Elementary SchoolTiffany Davila
Middle Schools
Bernardo Yorba Middle SchoolMayor Tara Campbell
Kraemer Middle SchoolPramod Patel
Tuffree Middle SchoolAudrey Jaime
Valadez Middle School AcademySandy Brown
Yorba Linda Middle SchoolAlex Berrios-Hernandez
High Schools
El Camino Real High SchoolDebye Payne
El Dorado High SchoolChad Wanke – City Council
Esperanza High SchoolLaura Ramos
Valencia High SchoolJohn Kalil
Yorba Linda High SchoolClaudia Wedel
Alternative Schools
George Key School/Venture AcademyYesenia Baltierra
Buena Vista Virtual Academy/Parkview SchoolAllyson Wickwire

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