Cheryl Joe, the senior director of professional development for Polk County Public Schools, has received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.
Mrs. Joe (pictured, third from right) was presented with the honor by representatives from the University Council for Educational Administration, during yesterday’s School Board meeting. She received the award after a nomination by University of South Florida faculty.
Mrs. Joe has collaborated with USF to select Polk administrators to complete a Educational Leadership degree program with an emphasis in turnaround schools. She also has worked with USF to provide master’s degree opportunities to teachers at Kathleen High, as part of the Schools of Hope grant program.
“Cheryl Joe consistently looks for ways to elevate administrators and to enhance their knowledge,” reads a letter from USF’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. “She is an outstanding leader, a creative thinker and a strong supporter of leadership. Cheryl models excellence in all that she does.”
Also during Tuesday’s School Board meeting:
Johnnie Jackson (pictured below) was officially appointed as the principal of Kathleen High. Mr. Jackson previously served as the school’s acting principal.