During last week’s School Board meeting we recognized three of our principals for a “special” accomplishment.
Denison Middle’s Terri Christian, Southwest Middle’s Sybille Oldham-Jackson and Mulberry High’s Michael Young recently earned their education specialist degrees from the University of South Florida.
Offered through a partnership with Polk and Hillsborough counties, USF’s Education Specialist program is an advanced graduate degree program that “allows students to focus on becoming effective school leaders with the skills and experience to address turnaround and underperforming school contexts.”
The initiative is one of multiple opportunities that have been extended to PCPS administrators and teachers as a way to enhance their leadership and classroom abilities, said Cheryl Joe, the district’s senior director of professional development.
“It’s innovation for turnaround schools,” Joe said. “The superintendent is investing in our own so that we have the most skilled instructional leadership … we are so proud.”