Two Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) leaders are finalists for the state’s top school leadership honors. Brian Kingsley, principal at Gulfstream Middle School in Hallandale Beach, and Jo-Anne Misiewicz-Seltzer, assistant principal at Flamingo Elementary School in Davie, have each been named one of three state finalists for the Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award.
“We are very proud of Principal Kingsley and Assistant Principal Misiewicz-Seltzer for being honored as state finalists. They are incredible examples of the outstanding school leaders we have working in our schools,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “I commend them for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to preparing all students for success in the future.”
In making the announcement, Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s principals and assistant principals have been incredible leaders for Florida’s outstanding schools - and I’m proud to congratulate each of the finalists. These leaders represent the best in Florida. They have implemented creative and effective programs for student achievement and have delivered incredible results for our students.”
The awards recognize outstanding leaders who have increased student performance, promoted safe learning environments and established successful partnerships with parents and community members. Superintendents selected nominees from each district, which were then submitted to the department for review by a diverse selection committee comprised of former program winners, representatives from leadership and parent organizations and the current Florida Teacher of the Year. The committee recommended finalists to the Commissioner.
“This was a very difficult decision because there are so many incredible leaders in our schools around the state. Great leaders are crucial to the success of our schools and our students,” said Commissioner Pam Stewart. “I am honored to recognize these exceptional administrators who nurture positive school environments and ensure their students have every opportunity to succeed in college, career and life."
Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership finalists are:
Eric Lundman, East River High School, Orange County
Dr. Barbara Shirley, Alta Vista Elementary School, Sarasota County
Brian Kingsley, Gulfstream Middle School, Broward County
Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award finalists are:
Brooke Loyed, Patronis Elementary School, Bay County
Jo-Anne Misiewicz-Seltzer, Flamingo Elementary School, Broward County
Jeannie Inagawa, Cracker Trail Elementary School, Highlands County
Statewide winners will be announced in February at the annual Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Summit for Principals and will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000 for the top principal and $2,500 for the top assistant principal.
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