November 13, 2014
Miami-Dade County Principal Wallace Aristide of Miami Northwestern Senior High School received $10,000 from the Council for Educational Change on November 13th at the University of Miami, Newman Alumni Center in Coral Gables, FL. He is one of three principals recognized state-wide for outstanding contributions in the field of education. Kenneth Hart from James Monroe Middle School in Hillsborough County and Guarn Sims from Village Academy School in Palm Beach County are the two Gold Medallion winners honored for their excellence in leadership and received $5,000 each. At the event, Dr. Elaine Liftin, the Council’s President & Executive Director along with Sue Miller, announced Wallace Aristide as the 2014 Winner of the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award.
The Council for Educational Change, a Florida based charitable organization whose purpose it is to increase the quality of public education, presented the 12th Annual Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award. In memory of Leonard Miller, the Council established the award to recognize outstanding contributions made by principals to the advancement of education in the State of Florida. Each year, the Council awards upon a deserving principal $10,000 as the winner of the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award while recognizing Gold Medallion Finalists for their excellence in leadership.
Principal Aristide has had numerous accomplishments since his leadership of Miami Northwestern in 2011. His participation with the Council program, Executive PASS© (Partnership to Advance School Success), has had a positive impact on the school, the students, and the community. During his tenure, the school moved from an “F” rating for fourteen years to an “A” school. He increased the graduation rate from 55% to 82%, and the number of dual enrollment classes from 4 to 14. Principal Aristide created “The Education Effect” as the first university-community-school project in Miami-Dade.
With his partner, Art Noriega of the Miami Parking Authority, he has shaped a culture of excellence at Miami Northwestern Senior High.
Special thanks and gratitude to the event sponsors: Carnival Foundation, Cobb Family Foundation, Richard & Susan Finkelstein, Lennar Foundation, Miller Family Foundation.