Dear Coconut Palm Families, Friends and Community,
Welcome back! I am so excited to introduce myself as the new Principal of Coconut Palm Elementary, home of the Parrots! What an honor to join and serve Mrs. Thelmas’ faculty, staff and students. Prepared to add value to the great work my colleague and friend has done for many years. Cadre 6 in the Everglades Zone is known for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. Over the past 23 years, I’ve held many positions in this district: custodian, teacher assistant, teacher, coach and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I plan to celebrate successes, small and large. I will also encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school and community.
Our amazing Assistant Principal Ms. Reyes and I stand ready to embark on this new journey with your children and look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We are excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they’ll do throughout their days here at Coconut Palm. And of course, I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day.
Our faculty and staff are highly qualified and committed to serving ALL students and families. Our school's vision for the 2021 – 2022 school year is clear: “Deliver a high-quality education to ALL students, centered around the Florida State Standards in every classroom, every day. As well as providing a safe and inclusive classroom culture that is conducive to student success”. This is what’s expected of everyone at CPE! We are all committed to this goal and look forward to celebrating our successes with you.
Healthy children learn best! As such, my goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy, safe, and ready to learn. The Covid-19 Pandemic has created many challenges for everyone, especially our students. Achievement gaps have grown over the last 15 months, setting our children back and must be closed if we want our students to succeed in tomorrow’s world. However, as Principal I feel confident in my ability to lead us out of these challenges. I trust in the trainings and experiences I have gained in Broward County Public Schools, which attribute to the successes I had at Boulevard Heights. However, my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the proud father of three beautiful children, including one with unique special needs: JC (18), Isabella (16), and Andrew (12). While at Boulevard Heights, people would often say that I treat all children as if they were my own. Please know that I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences at Coconut Palm as well.
Close collaboration between school and home is essential for the success of our students. We encourage parents to review the information provided in our school’s website, and teacher communication apps to gain familiarity of school policies, procedures and services that are available at our school. We also encourage our parents to visit our school and attend scheduled meetings. Mutual benefits build when there is meaningful exchange of information between home and school. PTA, School Advisory Council and School Advisory Forum are always actively looking for parent participants. I urge you to join and support PTA in whatever manner your schedule allows. Your child will benefit.
Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all my experiences to your wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children. I will be working most days this summer to ensure for a smooth transition and opening in August. Please stop by to say hello anytime. I have an open-door policy. Open House is scheduled for August 13th.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Coconut Palm Principal