Education Law Attorney Sally Jensen Dutcher Participates in Principal for a Day Program

Walnut Creek | October 19, 2012

KMTG education law attorney, Sally Jensen Dutcher, had the privledge of participating in the Napa County Office of Education's "Principal for a Day" program on Thursday, October 4, 2012. She spent the day at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in the St. Helena Unified School District shadowing principal Mary Allen.

Dutcher was one of several community members from throughout Napa County to walk in the shoes of an elementary, middle or high school principal in one of the county's five 5 school districts.  She experienced the role and responsibility of today’s principal, learned how the career field has changed, and experienced first hand the challenges and rewards of administrating local public education.  Reflecting on the experience Dutcher acknowledged that, “Although I represent school districts and work with school administrators on a daily basis, it doesn't compare to seeing how they spend their nonstop days with the students, teachers and a myriad of unexpected interruptions.”

The "Principal for a Day" program is a national program that has a long track record of success in many school districts. Inviting community and business leaders to shadow a principal for a day is a concept designed to help participants understand the rewards and rigors of the principalship. "Principal for a Day" programs have resulted in appreciation and respect for schools, teachers, and principals, and they have built lasting public relations benefits.