Dozens of local community leaders learn what it's like to be a Principal for a day

Harold Love, TN State Representative for District 58, was one of dozens of community leaders participating in the Metro Schools Principal for a Day. Monday, November 16 marked the 14th annual Principal for a Day event in Metro Schools. The program allows for community, business and government leaders to spend a half-day shadowing a principal. School leaders and students excitedly welcomed the Principal for a Day participants, letting them personally experience the good work being done in their school and giving a glimpse of what it's like to run a Metro school on a daily basis.

Each leader was thoughtfully placed with the help of the PENCIL Foundation, a local non-profit focused on linking community resources.

View the #principal4day photos from the day on Flickr.

View the news release: Dozens of Local Community Leaders Learn What It's Like to Be Principal for a Day.

“We are so thankful for these volunteers who took time out of their busy week to spend a day at one of our schools,” said Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson. “Principal for a Day is so much more than an event, it is hopefully the start of some important, long term relationships for our education system and the city.”

Principal for a Day activities varied from school to school, but may included reading morning announcements, partaking in classroom activities, or greeting students at the door. The purpose is to encourage hands-on community engagement with education and reflect a true “day in the life” experience.

“It is rewarding to see what the participants of this program take away from these firsthand experiences,” said PENCIL President and CEO Connie Williams. “It is such a positive day full of great company and fellowship. Principal for a Day provides these leaders with a more personal connection to our education system.”

Following the morning agenda, an appreciation lunch was provided at Trevecca University’s Boone Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year’s luncheon was generously sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas and will include remarks from the Interim Director of Schools, Chris Henson, PENCIL Foundation Vice President of Partnerships and Programs Matt Seaton, and the Piedmont Natural Gas Community Relations Manager, Stephen Francescon. Guests were also treated to a performance by the Hillsboro High School Chamber Choir.

“Piedmont Natural Gas is excited to partner with the Nashville school system and the PENCIL Foundation to help create this valuable conversation with school leaders,” said Stephen Francescon, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas. “We’re proud to support this event as part of our commitment to building and strengthening the schools in our communities where we live and work.”

A few notable participants and their schools for the day are listed below:

• Sean Henry, President/Chief Operating Officer for the Nashville Predators at East Nashville (High) School

• Baird Dixon, ECON Club of Nashville Charities Inc. at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle

• Marc Hill, Chief Policy Officer at the Nashville Chamber at Joelton Middle

• JC Torres, Executive Director of Ride for Reading at Buena Vista Elementary

• Howard Gentry, Criminal Court Clerk of Metro Nashville and Davidson County at The Academy at Old Cockrill

• John Murfee, Senior Vice President, PCA at Bank of America US Trust at Apollo Middle

State Representative John Ray Clemmons, as well as several current Metro Council members and some current and past school board members also participated, including Colby Sledge, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Mina Johnson, George Blue, Cheryl Mayes, Mary Pierce, Tyese Hunter, and Anna Shepherd.

Principal for a day marks the beginning of American Education Week. AEW celebrates public education and those who lend their time and talents to its betterment. Find more information at the National Education Association website:

View the video and photos from the #principal4day Appreciation Luncheon below:

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