Ursula Parris, a dedicated public school educator for the past 20 years, has a broad set of experiences in connection and support of students and parents throughout Pinellas County Schools. A graduate of The Florida State University, Ursula continued her educational pursuit and earned a master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University. She began her career in Food Service Management, supervising 30 school operations within Duval County Public Schools. Ultimately, she transitioned as a Title 1 Science and Math teacher in Duval, Orange, Osceola, and Polk County Schools, where she was also successful in various leadership roles; department and grade level chair, administrative dean, testing coordinator, and assistant principal of curriculum. Ursula Parris recently relocated to Pinellas County Schools in an effort to provide support for increased academic achievement of all students. She currently works with staff on The Bridging the Gap District Initiative, which is a developmental plan committed to ensuring academic excellence for all students and greatly narrowing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority student learners. Ursula is a proud parent of two children, Elisha Marvin and Zoe Tatiana.