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Pinellas administrators celebrate graduation from state leadership academy

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart honored the second class of Commissioner’s Leadership Academy graduates at a ceremony yesterday. The graduates include 127 educators that participated in the academy for the first time and 38 Facilitators-in-Training who participated a second year to develop highly specialized instructional leadership skills.

Pinellas County Schools Leadership Academy graduates are Professional Development Director Lou Cerreta, Eisenhower Elementary Principal Antonette Wilson, Safety Harbor Elementary Principal Cecilia Palmer, Fairmount Park Elementary Principal Kristy Moody, and Sunset Hills Elementary Principal Daphne Miles, who participated as a Facilitator in Training.

Education leaders throughout Florida were nominated by their district superintendent as leaders poised to make a difference in their school. The academy gives principals, their supervisors and education leaders an opportunity to participate in job-embedded and research-based activities designed to increase their knowledge about teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The rigorous professional development programs include three learning institutes and five school-site “learning walks.”