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everyone at principal experience. A large group

first row (left to right):  Ryia Steps, Lorie Wesolek, Diana Hess, Lisa Peyton-Caire, Molly Stolbov, Geresa Homesly, Shaikobie McGee,
Kelsey Gomez, Freddie Lopez-Daniel, Christina Natalello,

second row (left to right):  Matt Hendrickson, Andrew Kurth, Dana Corbett, Ben Radloff, Brandonlee Midstokke, Terrell Goodwan,
Emilita Rather, Jay Affeldt, & Reina Martinez


Since 2004, the Foundation for Madison's Public School's A Principal Experience has built relationships between Madison's community leaders and MMSD staff and students.  This year, Dana Corbett, Senior Vice President Investments at Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc., Diana Hess, Dean of the UW School of Education, Andrew Kurth, President and Co-Owner of Weed Man Lawn Care, Lisa Peyton-Caire, Assistant VP, Life, Learning & Events at Summit Credit Union, and Mollie Stolbov, Community Relations Coordinator at Herzing University served as our school's "Principal Partners" during the event held on Tuesday, October 13. Principal Partners learned what it takes to be one of Madison's public education leaders, and also discovered just how much students and staff accomplish in a single day.
A Principal Experience forges relationships between school and community leaders, laying the basis for new partnerships that support and strengthen Madison's public schools. It is our hope that Principal Partners take their experiences back to their places of business and adopt the school they visited. The Foundation's Adopt-a-School program cultivates, nurtures, and sustains partnerships between schools and the Madison community. Adopt-a-School partners provide a combination of volunteer time, in-kind contributions, and financial resources to meet the needs of students. In return, businesses receive a multitude of benefits including an increased sense of pride and involvement in Madison's public schools and the awareness that they are contributing to the success of our next generation of leaders.
If you are interested in becoming a Principal Partner next year or would like more information about the Foundation's Adopt-a-School program, visit, call Community Partnerships Director Mary Bartzen at (608) 237-7723 or send her an email at