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Educational Systems FCU Employees Volunteer As Prince George's County "Principal For A Day"

Tue, May 7, 2013

Greenbelt, Maryland

Six Educational Systems Federal Credit Union employees volunteered at local elementary schools for the Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) Principal For A Day on Thursday, April, 18. Later that evening, Educational Systems FCU was recognized for being a continuing sponsor of the Principal For A Day event at a reception held at the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, MD.

The annual Principal For A Day event gives local business and community leaders an opportunity to support PGCPS and work alongside the principals in local schools. Volunteers arrive before the start of school and remain through the day to experience the life of a principal. The volunteers from Educational Systems FCU were Sandra Gura, Vice President of Human Resources; Andrea Hall, Comptroller; Kristine Mathey, Vice President, Member Programs; Lisa Negri-Millburn, Branch Manager; Victoria U. Samuels, Vice President, Community Relations; and Bryn Vaupel, Senior Vice President, Marketing.

"Mrs. Audrey Brisco, Principal of Oaklands Elementary School in Laurel, MD, hits the ground running everyday. A must each day for her teachers is that they stand at their class doorway to welcome every student to school each day," said Victoria U. Samuels, Vice President, Community Relations. "From meeting with parents in the morning to the heartfelt parent thank you letters, this event allowed us to get a glimpse into the lives of the extraordinary people who share a remarkable commitment to making a difference every day."

"This year's event was significant because it marked the ten year anniversary of the Principal For A Day program. The collaborative effort through Prince George's County Public Schools and the Chamber of Commerce this year successfully paired all 204 schools to a business partner in their community," said Cheryl Landis, Strategic Business Partnerships Specialist for Prince George's County Public Schools. "The goal of Principal For A Day is to strengthen existing partnerships and establish new ones for the purpose of meeting specific needs, and to provide enrichment opportunities that are above and beyond the core curriculum for the students in our school system."

"We always enjoy these opportunities to serve the education community as it is our core purpose," said Chris Conway, President/CEO of Educational Systems FCU. "By having members of our leadership team volunteer, it helps us better understand what educators in the Prince George's County Public Schools need, and what we can do to better support education."

"Ms. Kimberley Seidel, Principal of the Rockledge Elementary School students or Rockledge Rockstars as she happily describes them, was on the go from before the first bell rang. While juggling multiple responsibilities, we started the day by making the daily announcements, and I was quite impressed by the dedicated student news crew which broadcasts announcements every day," said Bryn Vaupel, Senior Vice President, Marketing. "From listening attentively to each student, and also encouraging teachers throughout the day, it was a wonderful opportunity to see all the ways which we can celebrate the extraordinary educators in our community."

"What stood out the most about being a principal is all of the hats they have to wear. Principal Sheila Jefferson doesn't have a secretary or a nurse, so she is constantly interrupted with telephone calls, teachers requests and students coming to the office," commented Lisa Negri-Millburn, Educational Systems FCU Greenbelt Branch Manager. "She managed each incident with ease, and during the day one of the unexpected highlights was when Christopher Singleton from the Washington Wizards made a surprise visit to the school. The children as well as the adults were excited to meet him and he shared some of his time with the star struck children."

"It was really a wonderful sight to see how much Mrs. Gillens really cares about her students and staff achieving success," said Kristine Mathey, Vice President of Member Programs for Educational Systems FCU. "She starts each day by visiting each classroom and is extremely visible throughout the day as she delivers her input on a wide range of topics. She truly connects with her students in a meaningful way and understands how to best support the educational needs of her students, but also celebrates their achievements accordingly."


Educational Systems FCU is headquartered in Greenbelt, MD, is $750 million in assets and serves over 90,000 members in six Maryland counties with 11 branches. Educational Systems FCU provides financial services to the education communities in Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles, St. Mary's, Calvert, and Talbot counties.










Kristine Mathey, Vice President, Member Programs, at Magnolia Elementary School.










Bryn Vaupel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Vic Samuels, Vice President of Community Relations at the "Principal For A Day" evening dinner reception.










Sandra Gura, Vice President of Human Resources, volunteering at University Park Elementary.


Lisa Negri-Millburn, Branch Manager with Chillum Elementary school Principal Sheila Jefferson.










Vic Samuels, Vice President of Community Relations accepts the sponsorship award from Mr. David Harrington, President/CEO, of Prince George's Chamber of Commerce.









"Principal For A Day" Volunteers gather with Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce representatives.