Principal for a Day begins this week

SUWANEE -- Five weekdays that aim to honor educators and public education will be celebrated this week in different ways around the country.

Here in Gwinnett County, the annual Principal for a Day program is how the local school district commemorates American Education Week.

During Principal for a Day, community members shadow leaders at most schools in the district in order to better understand the jobs of the educational leaders. District Spokesperson Sloan Roach said it's "a great opportunity for us to showcase what's going on in our schools and to help community members really get in there and experience what it's like to be in our schools."

She said that every year "we have people who come back and say what a great experience it was."

In addition to Principal for a Day, district cluster foundations like North Gwinnett and Mill Creek hold events that honor longtime educators and those who have made a difference in the lives of K-12 students.

Principal Ed Shaddix is hosting an event Thursday morning at North Gwinnett High School. The Mill Creek Cluster Education Foundation will host an event Tuesday morning that will feature veteran administrator Jim Markham, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, Rep. Rob Woodall and Sen. Renee Unterman.

Roach said the breakfast events at local clusters are "an opportunity to honor different people who have made a difference in public education."

According to the National Education Association's website, American Education Week presents Americans with a "wonderful opportunity to celebrate individuals who are making a difference and ensuring that every child receives a quality education."

The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week.