Mandy Perry is the Principal of Pinellas Virtual School, an online K-12 Pinellas County public school. She oversees the school’s operations, ensuring teachers and students are up-to-date on the latest technology conducive to online learning.
Prior to joining Pinellas Virtual School in 2013, Mrs. Perry served as a virtual instructor of World History and Law Studies for Florida Virtual School. She went through Florida Virtual School’s leadership program and became an instructional leader (principal) before concluding her four-year tenure. She found the virtual concept appealing, educating students in an environment of their choosing and at their own pace.
Mrs. Perry began her career in education with Pinellas County Schools in 1996. Over the course of nearly 15 years with the school district, her role in education evolved from an Exceptional Student Education Assistant to a teacher of American Government, Economics, and World History at Pinellas Park High School. While a teacher at Pinellas Park High School, she was a finalist for the Florida Council for the Social Studies Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award. In 2009, she was also nominated as Pinellas County’s Social Studies Teacher of the Year for High Schools.
Mrs. Perry serves as a member of the Florida District Virtual Instruction Program Network Board of Directors. She is the organization’s legislative liaison representing 67 public virtual school districts across the state.
Mrs. Perry graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida, where she also earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership degree.