Dear Coconut Palm Families, Friends and Community,
I am so excited to begin a new journey together with you as Principal of Coconut Palm Elementary, home of the Parrots! What an honor to join and serve our great faculty, staff, and students. Prepared to bring high quality instruction to ALL students in a safe, secured, and inclusive learning environment. The South Region, in the Everglades Zone is known for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. Over the past 32 years, I have 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 new Assistant Principal Nizaliz Coley 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 remarkable things they will do throughout their days here at Coconut Palm. And of course, I will be here to collaborate with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school
chievement gaps created by the pandemic three years ago are being closed each year, thus preparing our students to succeed at their next grade level. As Principal, I am proud of the academic successes we have had over the last two years, and I feel confident in my ability to lead us into becoming an A rated school. I trust in the trainings and experiences I have gained in Broward County Public Schools, which attribute to the successes I have had in the district. However, my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am a proud husband and father of three beautiful children, including one with unique special needs.
Once again, I am so thankful to have another opportunity to bring all my experiences to this wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children. I will be working most days this summer. Please feel free to stop by to say hello anytime. I have an open-door policy. Open House is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 5:00-6:00 PM for grades K,1,2. 6:30-7:30 for grades 3-5. ASD students follow the same schedule.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Juan Alejo, M.A.Ed.
Coconut Palm Principal