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Recognizing and Celebrating Broward County Public Schools Outstanding Teachers, Principals, Assistant Principals and School-Related/District Employees.
2018 Principal of the Year Finalists
The Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding school administrators for their exemplary contributions to students, schools and communities. Through their innovative leadership and dedication to academic excellence, they have increased student and school performance and have established safe learning environments for our children. These individuals have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to increase student performance, and promote safe learning environments, often through establishing partnerships with parents and community members.
Silver Lakes Elementary School
Tammy Gilbert has spent the last 10 years as principal at Silver Lakes Elementary School. "I am proud to have built a positive culture that supports academic and emotional growth for all students, faculty and staff," said Gilbert. "We must all grow for our students to grow."
Speaking on behalf of his colleague, Sea Castle Elementary School Principal Rick Rodriguez said, "She continually sets high expectations and demands that her students work with rigor. As a result, her school improved from a 'D' to an 'A' in one year!"
Flanagan High School
Michelle Kefford has been principal at Charles W. Flanagan High School for the past seven years. "Overall, I can say with confidence that I have changed the culture of Flanagan High in a truly positive and impactful way," said Kefford. "My journey as a principal began by stressing to all staff it was imperative that we subscribe to a personalized approach to learning. This was crucial and key to the success of our students, and has become the hallmark of our practice."
Kefford's director, Alan Strauss, calls her "a passionate educator, who is dedicated and relentless in her commitment to ensure that the students she serves receive a first-class, high-quality education."
Heron Heights Elementary School
Kenneth King has been the only leader at Heron Heights Elementary School since its opening in 2009. "One Team, One Goal," is the motto and culture cultivated by King at Heron Heights Elementary. "We strive to improve the learning of students every day," he said.
Celia Marino, literacy coach at the school says, "Working collaboratively with teachers, parents and other community members, Mr. King engages the school culture to always put students first and meet each student's individual needs."