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October 21, 2009: Community Leaders Go Back to School

Community leaders in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin will go back to school on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 when Rainbow District School Board presents its annual “Principal for a Day” program.

“The primary purpose of Principal for a Day is to link schools with the communities that they serve,” says Rainbow District School Board Chair Judy Hunda. “Community leaders will spend the day learning about the multiple roles that school principals play, from instructional leadership to the management of school facilities. In the process, they will gain a better understanding of what’s happening in Rainbow Schools.”

“Our community is keenly aware that we need an excellent educational system to prepare our future workforce and ensure our sustainability for generations to come,” says Director of Education Jean Hanson.  “When the school, the home and the community work together to support success, students maximize their potential and fulfill their aspirations in learning and life. Principal for a Day is another way in which we build valuable partnerships.”

During Principal for a Day, community leaders will participate in a variety of activities. Some may visit a class, review daily attendance reports, attend staff meetings, give morning announcements, meet the Student Council or tour school grounds. Others may visit a special education class or resource room, monitor late arrivals, attend an athletic or band practice, talk about discipline issues or engage in dialogue around budgets, policies, procedures and The Education Act.

Participants will gather at the end of the day to share their experiences. “It is always heartwarming to hear the wonderful stories that emerge when community leaders go back to school for the day,” said Director Hanson.

Principal for a Day

Class of 2009

Elementary Schools


Algonquin/Long Lake Public School
Tamara Ischenko
CTV News Sudbury   

C.R. Judd Public School
Michael Shepherd
Local Actor and Writer

Carl A. Nesbitt Public School/
Ernie Checkeris Public School
Normand Renaud
Local Author
Bozo l’orignal vampire

Chelmsford Public School
Carrie-Lynn Hotson
Greater Sudbury Police Service

Churchill Public School
Matt and Sherri
Hosts, Hot 93.5 Radio

Gatchell School / Alta Elementary / Ruth MacMillan Centre
Mila Wong
Executive Director
Sudbury Developmental Services

Lansdowne Public School
Mary Jane
Better Beginnings, Better Futures

Larchwood Public School
Randy Annett
Tim Hortons

Levack Public School
Therese Perron
Retired Teacher

MacLeod Public School
Michelle Tonner
CTV News Sudbury

Markstay Public School
Lise Denis
Social Inclusion Project Co-ordinator
Social Planning Council of Sudbury

Monetville Public School
Tim Foster
OPP Staff Sergeant

Pinecrest Public School
Steve Elliot
ACER Land Developments

Princess Anne Public School
Dave Wickenden
Fire Supervisor
City of Greater Sudbury                                   

R.L. Beattie Public School
Lori Cacciotti
Happiness is Dancing

Redwood Acres Public School
Sean Carroll
Val Therese Fire Hall

Valley View Public School
Bob Faddis
Store Manager
Val Caron LCBO

Walden Public School
Chantal Lauzon
Project Manager of New Green School in Lively
Ameresco Canada

Wanup Public School
Sue Lekun
Levert Personnel Inc.

Wembley Public School
Markus Schwabe
Host, CBC Morning North

Westmount Avenue Public School
Justin Pritchard
Automotive Consultant and Photographer


A.B. Ellis Public School
Nicole Haley
Director of Clinical Services
Espanola Regional Hospital

S. Geiger Public School
Brady Ropp
Parks and Recreation Co-ordinator
Sable Spanish River Township

Webbwood Public School
Julie Nemo
Better Beginnings, Better Futures


Assiginack Public School
Annette Virtanen
Business Owner and Lion Club Member
Southeast Manitoulin Lions Club

Central Manitoulin Public School
David Spencer
Executive Director
Manitoulin Community Living

Charles C. McLean Public School
Tom Sasvari
News Editor
Manitoulin West Recorder   

Secondary Schools


Chelmsford Valley District Composite School
France Quirion
Associate Vice President – Student Services
Cambrian College

Lively District Secondary School
Tom Tamblyn
Chair of Dearness Environmental

Lockerby Composite School
Marett McCulloch
Sales Manager
CTV Sudbury

Sudbury Secondary School
Chief Frank Elsner
Greater Sudbury Police Service


Manitoulin Secondary School
KT Timmermans
Radio Announcer/Owner
CFRM Radio 100.7 The Island


Media Contact:

Jean Hanson, Director of Education,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7215.