Monday, April 25, 2011

Principal for a Day event helps local students 一日校長:親身經歷才知難



近60名社區人士3日走進聖蓋博谷東區的哈岡學區、巴薩德學區及羅蘭學區近50所學校擔任「一日校長」,體驗校長管理工作。部分擔任一日校長的華裔人士表示社區與學區緊密聯繫,有利學生健康成長。

核 桃谷水局副主席伍立倫當日一早就來到羅蘭學區的尤芭拉學校(Ybarra Academy of the Arts and Technology),他走進教室觀摩學生課堂活動,透過該校校長拉米瑞茲的介紹,學生們也瞭解到今天的「一日校長」伍立倫來自水局,與日常使用的水息 息相關。

伍立倫表示,他第一次做「一日校長」,瞭解到尤芭拉學校學生總數620人,華裔學生占60%。該校其他族裔學生包括非洲裔、白人、越南裔、菲律賓裔等,學校1965年建立,年級從幼稚園至八年級,學校藝術氛圍濃厚,他表示校長每日管理工作,事無鉅細很不容易。

當日,還有很多華裔人士擔任一日校長,有從事銀行管理的麥志權、醫師鄭卓漢、律師郭志和蘇凱筠夫婦以及DeVry University的社區關係部陳健兒等。

在凱薩醫療機構擔任醫師的鄭卓漢是第四次擔任「一日校長」,他所在地學校是哈岡學區Mesa Robles學校。他表示,每次擔任一日校長,都能感到學校的變化和進步,比如這次他注意到學校為了保證學生安全,加強了校園管理。

律 師郭志和蘇凱筠夫婦同一天擔任一日校長,郭志所在學校拉索托高中,是他高中畢業母校。郭志驚訝校園華裔學生很多,而在他當年就學時,很少見到華裔學生面 孔。此外,學校開設中文課程,也令他對中文漸被美國社會接受欣慰。但他發現學習中文的以華裔學生為主,郭志表示,讓更多主流家庭學生接受中文還需努力。

郭志的太太蘇凱筠在一家銀行做行政主管,她在Wedgeworth小學擔任一日校長,她與先生郭志想法一致,都對學校雙語教學非常感興趣。

在大通銀行服務的麥志權表示,他三個孩子都在羅蘭學區就讀,通過一日校長活動,更瞭解學校校長管理的辛勞。羅蘭學區艾爾瓦多學校校長李瑛表示,一日校長,讓學校和社區更加緊密,對學校教育和學生成長均是雙贏。

當日,聖谷地區商會還為14名高中學生頒發一日校長獎學金每人300元。有近200名包括擔任一日校長的社區人士出席當天中午舉辦的獎學金頒發儀式。

More than 200 business and community leaders from Hacienda Heights, La Puente and Rowland Heights learned first-hand what it is like to be a school principal at the "Principal for a Day" event on March 3.

Community members were "guest principals" at schools in Bassett, Hacienda La Puente and Rowland Unified School Districts, as well as the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program.

From 8 to 11 a.m. the new principals toured elementary, intermediate and high schools, plus adult schools.

Some of the principals included Ian Calderon, field representative for Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, whowas assigned to Valley Alternative High School in Hacienda Heights. Vanessa Segura, field representative for Congress woman Grace Napolitano, was at Sunset Elementary in La Puente. Valeria Gomez of La Puente and Jose Valle of Wilson highs march down aisle at Principal for the Day event on March 3. (Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda)

John Hsu, CEO of STC Management, went to Jellick Elementary in Rowland Heights. Yvonne Yen, president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of San Gabriel Valley, was at Stanley Oswalt Academy in Walnut. Luis Rodriguez, field representative for Assemblymember Charles Calderon headed to Nogales High School. Wilson Mach from First General Bank, went to Alvarado Intermediate in Rowland Heights.

A luncheon was served at the Industry Expo Center, with entertainment by the Rowland High School Orchestra.

The masters of ceremony were Donald Sachs, Executive Director of the Industry Manufacturers Council and Heidi L. Gallegos, Executive Director, Regional Chamber of Commerce of San Gabriel Valley.

The guest speaker was Ann Marie Smith of Aldabella Scarpa, who has spent more than 26 years in education. The first in her family to go to college, Smith earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Social Change.

The former school administrator and teacher devotes her time to "at risk" kids. Smith was named Retailer of the Year by the National Latina Business Women Association, Los Angeles Chapter, and received the Wells Fargo Community Advocate Award.

Corporate sponsors provided scholarships to 14 deserving high school students. Students included Bryan Gallardo from La Puente Valley ROP, Ryan Bennett from Willow Adult Education, Ian Elomina from Los Altos High, Valeria Gomez of La Puente High, Jacob Acosto of Valley Alternative High, Jose Valle of Wilson High, Decerry Donato of Workman High, Esmeralda Urias of Nogales High, Kenythe Francis at Rowland High, Margarita Garcia of Santana High and Lindcey Ayala from Rowland Adult and Community Education.

- Gina Ward, Public Information Officer for Rowland Unified

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