LAUP Executives Get a Taste of Being 'Principal for a Day'
With a sense of curiosity and an opportunity to learn, two LAUP executives recently shadowed two principals at LAUSD elementary schools as part of an event organized by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Celia Ayala, Chief Operating Officer; and Clare Shephard, Chief Financial & Technology Officer, spent nearly a full day in March shadowing two principals at Arlington Heights and 68th Street elementary schools.
Dr. Ayala shadowed Principal Zoe Jefferson and during her stint, she offered her views on how teachers can provide effective instruction to second-language learners in the primary grades. She also introduced a presenter at a student assembly on the topic of how to keep a clean environment.
"Having spent more than 30 years in the field of education, I understand the value of teachers and how they help mold students so that they may succeed in life," Dr. Ayala said. "This experience reinforced my respect for teachers and administrators."
Shephard shadowed Principal Rosalinda Lugo at 68th Street Elementary School. During her shadowing, she also visited a kindergarten class, and met with three preschool teachers with whom she discussed the importance of Early Childhood Education.
“Principal for a Day is about building partnerships between businesses and schools, developing them over time so that each is mutually beneficial to both partners, and results in resources and opportunities for both employers and students,” said David Rattray, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, as well as UNITE-LA President.