2002-04-25 / Top Stories

A Rewarding Day In Dist. 18—Principally Speaking

A Rewarding Day In Dist. 18—Principally Speaking

Left to right, P.S. 268's Principal Mosezetta F. Overby stands with Principal for a Day former N.Y. First Lady Matilda Cuomo, District 18 School Board member Josefina Johnson and Assistant Principal Vangela Kirton. 									Charles RogersLeft to right, P.S. 268's Principal Mosezetta F. Overby stands with Principal for a Day former N.Y. First Lady Matilda Cuomo, District 18 School Board member Josefina Johnson and Assistant Principal Vangela Kirton. Charles Rogers

By Neil S. Friedman

More than 1,200 individuals, including seventeen in Community School District 18, participated in the eighth annual Principal for a Day (PFAD) program last Friday in the city’s public schools.

Among the most noted single-day principals citywide were Latin pop star Ricky Martin, classical violinist Itzhak Perlman and Emma Bloomberg, the mayor’s 22-year-old daughter, and New York State Lt. Governor Mary Donohue.

Canarsie Courier associate editor Neil S. Friedman, returned to his elementary school in District 22 in Sheepshead Bay, where he served as that elementary school’s short-term principal. (See "This Week’s Attitude" on page 10 for his personal reflections on the experience.)


Left to right:  P.S. 115 Principal Mitchell Pinsky; Assisant Principal Marilyn Mankes; Principal for a Day City Councilman Lew Fidler; Principal for a Day Jeff Lucas, president of the USA Network; Darryl Edwards, a visitor from the Eliot Educational Center; District 18 Deputy Superintendent Heidi Ludwig; P.S. 115 Dean Kenneth Gerber; and Assistant Principal Jacqueline Rogers.Left to right: P.S. 115 Principal Mitchell Pinsky; Assisant Principal Marilyn Mankes; Principal for a Day City Councilman Lew Fidler; Principal for a Day Jeff Lucas, president of the USA Network; Darryl Edwards, a visitor from the Eliot Educational Center; District 18 Deputy Superintendent Heidi Ludwig; P.S. 115 Dean Kenneth Gerber; and Assistant Principal Jacqueline Rogers.

Here in District 18, which includes seventeen Canarsie and East Flatbush elementary schools, the most recognizable "principals" were Matilda Raffa Cuomo, founder and chairperson of Mentoring USA and the former NY State Governor Mario Cuomo’s wife, who was at P.S.268, freshman City Councilman Lew Fidler, who was "in charge" at P.S. 115 and New York State Assemblyman Nick Perry at P.S. 135.

PFAD was initiated by former New York City Schools Chancellor Raymond Cortines in 1994 and is coordinated by the nonprofit organization PENCIL — Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning.

The event matches public figures, as well as business and civic leaders, who volunteer to serve as a principal to experience a school day to get a sense of what a typical public school day is like. PENCIL’s long term goal for the program is to form partnerships between schools and individuals from all walks of life.

Visitors participate in a variety of activities, including morning announcements, speaking to student assemblies and talking with students in classrooms about their professions.

Among other District 18 participants were: Aundrea Bvelnavis, president and founder of Ms. Black World NY; Jeff Lucas, president of the USA Network; Karen Means, president of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York; Maurice Nicholson, senior director for American Express; Lois Tendler, director MTA New York City Transit, and Donna Thompson, director of special projects for The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

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