Principal for a Day 2014
Presumpscot Principal Cynthia Loring and Gene Ardito pictured with
Presumpscot's values, the "Presumscot Promise."
cPort’s President & CEO Gene Ardito was Principal for a Day at Presumpscot Elementary School on April 30 as part of the Portland Public Schools and Portland Chamber of Commerce second annual Principals for a Day program.
Gene shadowed Presumpscot Principal Cynthia Loring for the day as she met with students, teachers, and ran the busy school located on Presumpscot Street in Portland.
Gene was interested to observe that, though there are many differences between leading a credit union and an elementary school, there are also strong similarities. “Principal Loring referenced the school’s values, which are posted on the wall in the cafeteria/gymnasium to remind students of the school community’s expectations," said Gene, "I was impressed by Presumpscot School’s commitment to their values and I was reminded of cPort’s core values, which are displayed in our offices. At cPort, having core values to base our day-to-day actions and longer term decisions upon helps keep us focused on our vision. This program opened my eyes to the terrific things that are going on at Presumpscot Elementary School.”
Principal Loring enjoys participating in the Principals for a Day program, which helps build community partnerships with local schools. "Encouraging community and parent participation in schools is about investing in human capital," she said, "And parent and community engagement creates student success."
Principals for a Day executives came from a wide array of businesses, colleges and nonprofits: Bernstein Shur, Cianbro, cPort Credit Union, EnviroLogix, Key Private Bank, L.L. Bean, Maine Red Claws, Maine Credit Union League, MEMIC, Portland Downtown District, Portland Press Herald, Southern Maine Community College, Springborn Staffing, Winxnet, United Way of Greater Portland and the University of Southern Maine.