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Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

In January, El Verano Elementary School principal Maite Iturri swapped jobs for a day with Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa general manager Rick Corcoran. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Maite,under the watchful eye of pastry cook Kyle Graham, bags freshly-made cookies for box lunches. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Rick Corcoran, principal-for-the-day at El Verano Elementary School, takes questions from curious first-graders. They wonder if he's a movie star, or maybe a secret agent. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

In one of the luxurious Mission Suites, John Haase, Director of Rooms, takes Maite through the finer points of a room inspection. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Rick learns about breakfast at the school before class starts. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Abby Castillo, 10, gives Rick a welcoming good-morning hug. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

In the laundry room, which never closes, Maite helps prepare a sheet for the Chicago machine, which will iron and fold that sheet in 21 seconds. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

First-graders listen attentively as Rick reads from "My Worst Best Friend", by Alexis O'Neill.

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

John Haase explains the importance of room inspections. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Even though this Fairmont Room has been thoroughly cleaned and prepared for incoming guests, the room inspection checks every detail. That wine glass from the mini-bar - is it perfectly clean? (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Rick tells a class that he got his wonderful job, which he loves, by studying hard in school. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Each student off this bus, even the last one, got a high five from Rick. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

The first-grade class is spellbound as Rick reads from "My Worst Best Friend" by Alexis O'Neill. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Maite and John Haase examine an awared from AAA that had just been delivered. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

Meetings. Meetings. Meetings. No job is complete without them. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index- Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

The large Fairmont SMI campus requires a fair amount of trekking. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

John Haase takes Maite through a complete room inspection of one of the luxurious Mission Suites. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Job Swap – School Principal and Luxury Hotel GM

According to Rick, welcoming students to school isn't that much diferent from wecoming guests to his hotel. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

  • Donna Presti

    We loved having Rick C. at El Verano. How fortunate we are to have great leadership at both locations. DP