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Modified: Thursday, Jun 14th, 2012

Twin Peaks Elementary School Principal Dondi Luce looks over the shoulder of Linda Howland, assistant manager, while David Lightfoot, property manager of Continental Ranch Self-Storage demonstrates something on the computer. Also pictured, Maeve Johnson of Edward Jones explains the benefits of a 529 savings plan to Barbara Kohl, Principal at Tortolita Middle School.

MARANA — To help create an on-going relationship between the Marana business community and the education community, the Marana Chamber of Commerce hosted at

Principal at Your Business Day on Wednesday.

Eight Marana Unified School District Principals shadowed eight different businesses in Marana ranging from the Marana Community Food Bank to Trico to Coca Cola.

This event was organized by the chamber’s Education Committee. The goal was to have both businesses and the educators gain an understanding of the importance of the partnership between the business community and the education community.

On why she opened her business doors to a principal, Maeve Johnson of Edward Jones comes from an educational background and thinks supporting schools is very important.

“I’m an old teacher and I love schools,” Johnson said. She added that she’d like to work with the schools to help inspire young women to look at going into career fields where math is being used. Helping them to, not just cook a pie but calculate pi.

Johnson said she appreciates that Edward Jones is committed to hiring women.

Her shadow for the day, Barbara Kohl, Principal at Tortolita Middle School, said that she was participating in the program because she enjoyed when the businesses came and shadowed her at the school for a day.

Dave Lightfoot, property manager for Continental Ranch Self Storage, said he decided to participate in the program because his interaction with the schools had only been through the Marana Rotary Club and the chamber.

His shadow, Twin Peaks Elementary School Principal Dondi Luce, said she has been learning all about the self-storage business.

“It’s nice to a have a connection between the area businesses and the schools.”

For the complete article see the 07-01-2012 issue.

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