Principal's Message

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    Dr. Georgia A. Stewart, Principal

    Greeting Parents, Guardians and Stakeholders, 

    It is with great honor and privilege that I introduce myself as the newly appointed principal of Westwood Heights Elementary. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to work in the capacity of a servant leader for our scholars, instructional and non-instructional staff members, parents, partners in education, and the greater Westwood Heights community.

    Educational Background and Leadership Experiences

    My early education in high school and experiences working with young children at the YMCA during my teenage years led me to pursue a career as an educator. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and later went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. While working as an instructional coach and pursuing the goal of becoming a school administrator, my passion for teaching and learning propelled me further to pursue a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Curriculum Development. My commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of children and my passion for the field of education are the driving forces that keep me grounded in life-long learning.

    My journey as an educator started at Miramar Elementary where I served as a classroom teacher and instructional coach for ten years. I then transitioned to Broward Estates Elementary where I served as the assistant principal for five years. My professional journey as an instructional leader then took me to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy where I served as the assistant principal for two years.

    I was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Intern Principal at Sunland Park Academy effective October 1, 2019 until my recent appointment to Westwood Heights Elementary on February 4, 2020. The last 18 years of my professional career has certainly been rewarding, coupled with many challenges that taught me the meaning of hard work, dedication and resiliency, which I credit for molding me into the leader I am today.

    Educational Philosophy

    I value the insight and lessons learned over the years. I feel especially confident that my experiences have adequately prepared me to be able to lead the WHE family with confidence, courage, and an unwavering commitment to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to make a positive impact on student achievement for years to come. My philosophy as it relates to education is that all students have the innate ability to learn at their highest potential, and as an instructional leader, I am never satisfied until they do. Consequently, know that as your principal I will work tirelessly to ensure that all of our scholars, pre-kindergarten to fifth grade are afforded equity and access to high quality instruction; cultivate an inclusive learning environment where students’ diverse learning needs are met on a daily basis; where children feel safe, loved, cared for and treated with respect.

    Leadership Style & Vision

    I am a passionate goal and results oriented instructional leader who leads with a standard of excellence. I believe in a shared vision of ensuring all students are afforded high quality, first class learning experiences in a caring and nurturing learning environment.  Westwood Heights Elementary is an aspiring “A” school. Under my leadership over the next two to five years I am committed to working collaboratively with all invested stakeholders to ensure WHE achieves and maintains an “A” status.

    Equally important, I am committed to ensuring our classroom instructional leaders feel valued, appreciated and fully supported. Under my leadership teachers will be provided with on-going professional development opportunities that will further build their expertise, enabling them to provide optimal learning experiences for our scholars and future leaders. 

    Thanks for your commitment to working cohesively to ensure our scholars continue on the path to college and career readiness. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know our families and partners in education better at upcoming school and community events. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of support in any capacity! 

     

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Georgia A. Stewart
    Proud Principal, Westwood Heights Elementary

    Contact Number: 754- 323-7906