Principal Irby consistently displays the necessary leadership qualities of organization, communication, and goal setting with all stakeholders at Memorial Elementary School. She keeps the focus on improved student achievement through positive team building.
Amy is an inspiring leader that has lead her school well as they implement the IB Middle Years Program. Her ability to bring staff and students together at GMS continues to improve their school culture and their community as a whole.
Janie brings a common sense approach to some very complex situations. As the principal of an ESE center school that focuses on behavior, she has established a safe, positive learning environment ensuring students succeed with academics and behavior.
Dr. Hector Maestre is a visionary leader whose purpose is deeply rooted in student achievement. Through his exemplary ability to inspire others, as well as empathize with students and staff, he has created a culture of compassion and excellence that affects all stakeholders of the Colonial High School community. Dr. Maestre's unparalleled work ethic, resilience, honesty, and integrity make him an outstanding leader who has been a pillar for all those he leads.
Mr. Daub’s focus on data-driven instruction moved Catalina’s school grade from a D to a C. He strives to consistently and authentically engage with those he serves, including students, teachers, staff members, families and the community. Mr. Daub is the Florida Association of School Administrators’ president for the 2020-21 school year, further proving he has a servant’s mindset.
Principal Brian Greene of Lake Weir Middle School in Marion County has a big heart. So big, in fact, he received the latest “Heart Award” from the school media specialists group for his love and support for reading. Greene, who’s been with the district for 11 years, became an assistant principal in 2013 and a principal three years later at Belleview-Santos Elementary. He led that school to such tremendous academic growth it hit the state DOE spotlight in 2018. That’s also when he moved to Lake Weir Middle to lead that school and its academic journey to excellence. Greene’s background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. His second master’s in Educational Leadership comes from Saint Leo University.
Principal Gorberg has a clear vision, she exhibits leadership qualities and is an excellent listener. She is fair, consistent and empowers others.
Jason is a systems leader. He has the unique ability to strike a balance between setting high expectations for students and staff while creating a safe, caring learning environment.
During this complex time period, Mr. Simpson has demonstrated commitment and innovation in creating a school environment in which all students feel safe and supported, while having access to quality instruction. He has also showed creativity in his approaches to engaging students and staff in supporting health and safety in the school environment.
Mrs. Bennett’s leadership has transcended 12 years to reach the height of Transformational Leader. Her leadership career resides in Title I schools, where she has knocked down barriers to success and closed achievement gaps resulting in improved school grades and exiting turnaround status.
This school year, she has graciously taken on the challenge of our toughest school in the county, denoted as a “persistently low performing school” in partnership with an external operator. Not only did she accept this honor as recognition of her talent but she has launch the year in an unpreceded way by implementing systems for safety, creating innovative learning environments, hiring effective and highly effective teachers, and connecting with community partners for support. In August, she coordinated a Back-to-School kick-off for teachers in partnership with WWE Wrestler, Titus O’Neil and the Bullard Family Foundation, to inspire hope for the students in the community. She recognizes the work of transformation is not the sole responsibility of the school rather a partnership with parents and community.
In just a few short months, she has aggressively created pathways for parents to feel welcome and supported. Enrollment has increased, despite COVID, as her presence is permeating the community. Her theme for this year is FOCUS! She is definitely focused on intentional instructional practices, progress monitoring data and student relationships. We are confident that James will be successful this school year.
Mr. Ott is a visible principal and enjoys interacting with his staff, faculty, and students in order to create a positive culture and climate for his school. He feels that through teamwork and a positive environment, University High School is a place where every student will graduate college and career ready.