Educational Systems Federal Credit Union celebrates over a decade of volunteering as “Principal for a Day”
June 1, 2015 (Greenbelt, MD) – For the eleventh consecutive year, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union employees volunteered to serve as Principal for a Day, which is a partnership between Prince George’s County Public Schools and the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce. This annual event is where government, non-profit and business leaders are invited to shadow local principals for a full day of school. This year, six Educational Systems FCU employees volunteered.
“From the eyes of the principal, you see the entire learning process through interactions between educators and students,” said Vic Samuels, Vice President of Community Relations for Educational Systems FCU. Samuels spent the day with Dr. Kathy Richard Andrews, principal of The Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College. The school is Maryland’s first Middle College High School where students take high school and college classes simultaneously. Upon graduation, they receive a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
At another school, Kristy Mathey, Vice President of Marketing for Educational Systems FCU remarked, “I saw a phenomenal kindergarten teacher inspire her students to celebrate each other’s accomplishments in telling time, adding and spelling.” Mathey volunteered at James Ryder Randall Elementary School working alongside Principal Sonia Beckford. The school also serves as a Special Education Early Childhood Center for young children with disabilities where professionals from a variety of disciplines work cooperatively to provide integrated services. Mathey continued, “I was amazed at the talent of Principal Beckford’s team. It was clear that the students in all of the classes were engaged and having fun while learning.”
“Principal for a Day allows our employees to truly understand the challenges and triumphs that the members of the education community experience every day,” said Chris Conway, President/CEO of Educational Systems FCU. “By being in the schools, we learn how we can help and better serve the education community.”
Educational Systems FCU (esfcu.org) has proudly served the education community for nearly 60 years. With over $790 million in assets and 12 branches, the Credit Union serves 87,000 members in seven school systems and three community colleges throughout Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Talbot counties.
Vic Samuels, Vice President of Community Relations for Educational Systems FCU, and Leah Williamson of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration speak with students at the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College.
Pictured from left to right: James Ryder Randall Elementary School Administrators Richard Baird, Early Childhood Center Special Education Coordinator, Sonia E. Beckford, Principal, Roxanne Brooks-Butler, Assistant Principal and Kristy Mathey, Vice President of Marketing for Educational Systems FCU.
A warm welcome from James Ryder Randall Elementary School.