On October 23, with the help of the full student body, State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler surprised Horace Howard Furness High School Principal Dan Peou to recognize his 25 years of service at the school.
Peou immigrated from Cambodia in 1981 and attended Furness for middle school, where he learned English. He is now an instrumental part of shaping the school community inside the same school that first welcomed him to this country. Today, he and the Furness staff eagerly welcome students from families speaking more than 15 different languages and dialects.
Now a decade into serving as Furness’ Principal, Peou has used his kindness, work ethic, and sense of humor to connect with students and to bring resources to the school. From ensuring that Furness students have high quality learning materials to distributing food to families during the pandemic, Peou goes above and beyond for the community.