Mary Beth Corace, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Planning and Policy
Dr. Mary Beth Corace is the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy responsible for the development of the strategic plan and services for matters of Board policy and administrative procedures to the School Board and community. She supports school leadership teams in the development of school improvement plans and accreditation documents. With 30 years of educational experience, she has served as the administrator of the International Baccalaureate Program at Palm Harbor University High School, director of the District’s Quality Academy, teacher at elementary, middle, high, and university levels, and writer/manager of large federal grants.
The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has again named Dr. Corace, to the Board of Examiners for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. She serves as a Master Examiner for the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award and served as a judge for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from 2009-2012. She was named as an Outstanding Educator in Pinellas and inducted into the Florida League of Teachers.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of South Florida.
Her work includes district strategic plans with public and deployment versions, various trainings, and strategic project management. Formal study includes a dissertation, The Importance and Application of the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria in Classrooms and Its Association with Student Outcomes, an American Educational Research Association Paper, A Process Model for Designing and Implementing Standards and Standards-Based Classroom Assessments in Different Subject Areas, and several other works focused on the use of a systems approach as a best practice for education. Dr. Corace is frequently asked to facilitate events, deliver presentations, and offer training sessions to school, district, state, national, and international audiences through conferences and workshops.