December 2011 Update

Happy Holidays from the Council

 December 12, 2011

2011 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Winner Announced:
Enid Valdez, Principal of Piper High School in Broward County, was named the winner of the 2011 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award, with its accompanying prize of $10,000. Under her leadership, the percentage of students graduating rose from 61% to 87%, the number of Advanced Placement courses offered to students rose from four to 12, and a Dual Enrollment program where students receive college credit for courses taken, was initiated. Ms. Valdez is a participant in the PASS© program, with her CEO, Jordan Zimmerman, of Zimmerman Advertising.

The two runners up were Gold Medallion Finalists Patrick Galatowitsch, Principal of Fern Creek Elementary in Orange County, and Maritza Garcia of James H. Bright Elementary in Miami-Dade. Mr. Galatowitsch participated in the Executive PASS© program with his partner, Micki P. Meyer of Rollins College. Under his leadership, Fern Creek has been a triple “A” school.  Ms. Garcia is a participant in the PASS program, with her partner, Eleonel Lorenzo of Waste Services of Florida. Under her leadership, science achievement rose 38% in only one year. Each of the finalists received $5,000.

Board Member Sue Miller hosted the event which was held at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami on November 17, 2011. After remarks by Miami-Dade County Schools’ Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho on the importance of the leadership of the principal, Keynote Speaker Jordan Zimmerman of Zimmerman Advertising spoke of the importance of business support of public schools. Special thanks to event sponsors Akerman Senterfitt, Baptist Health South Florida, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cobb Family Foundation, Edward W. Easton, Lennar Foundation, and Richard & Susan Finkelstein.

Leader to Leader Activities:
Palm Springs North (PSN) Elementary hosted their 5th Annual Turkey Bowl in November. The purpose of the Turkey Bowl is to promote school spirit and citizenship, increase student attendance, and encourage academic excellence school wide. There are three major activities: the attendance competition, the banner contest, and student participation in a football game. The entire staff and student body was divided into two teams - Red Team and Blue Team. School administrators judged each team on attendance for the month of November, as well as the banners created for the event. The ultimate tie breaker was the student football game on November 23rd which resulted in a win for the Red Team. The annual event brings the PSN community together. Parents and family members enjoy coming out and cheering for the teams. Maribel Dotres is the principal and Dr. Patricia Dixon is the Educational Coach.

New Executive PASS Partnerships:
Miami Edison Middle – Principal Keith Anderson, business partner Henry Petithomme of Youth Power Movement; Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary – Principal Liliane Delbor, business partner Henry Petithomme of Youth Power Movement, Inc.; Scott Lake Elementary – Principal Valerie Ward, business partner Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams Jr.; Miami Northwestern Senior – Principal Wallace Aristide, business partners Henry Petithomme of Youth Power Movement, Inc. and Graylyn Swilley Woods of Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami; Booker T. Washington Senior – Principal William Aristide, business partner Joseph Furst of Goldman Properties; Frederick Douglass Elementary – Principal Pamela Sanders-White, business partner Richard Russ, Retired;  Miami Jackson Senior – Principal Julian Cazanas, Jr., business partners Favio Taborda of John Hancock Financial Network and Manny Riera of VSchoolz; Coral Gables Senior – Principal Adolfo Costa, business partner Vilma Medio of Tenet Healthcare; Jesse McCrary Jr. Elementary – Principal Maria Calvet-Cuba, business partner Emma Magnole of Infinity Insurance.

Over the years, we have had the honor and privilege of working with incredible individuals, corporations, and other non-profit organizations, to support unbelievable educators and schools throughout Florida.  As the year comes to a close, we take this time to once again thank our donors, for it is with their support and belief in our mission that we are able to deliver the programs that have made the difference in the lives of over 1,300,000 students.  It is with immense gratitude that we recognize them.

On behalf of the Council for Educational Change Board of Directors, staff, and most importantly, on behalf of the lives your generosity has touched and changed…

Thank You for Making a Difference!!!


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