Tallahassee, FL - Monday Commissioner Pam Stewart recognized two of Florida's outstanding school administrators at a luncheon honoring district Principals of the Year and Assistant Principals of the Year.
Dr. Barbara Shirley, principal of Alta Vista Elementary School in Sarasota District Schools, took home the 2013-2014 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Jeannie Inagawa, Assistant Principal at Cracker Trail Elementary School in Highlands School District, received the 2013-2014 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award.
"Principals and Assistant Principals are the unsung heroes of our education system," said Commissioner Pam Stewart. "School leaders set the tone and determine the school's path to success. Dr. Shirley and Ms. Inagawa both display extraordinary leadership and dedication to their students, teachers and parents. They both truly deserve this honor."
Prizes awarded to the top principal provided by Disney Youth Programs include an exclusive overnight stay at the Cinderella Castle Suite inside the Magic Kingdom Park along with theme park admission for the winner and her guests. The winner will also receive a cash prize of $5,000.
The top assistant principal receives a weekend resort stay at the Walt Disney World Resort and theme park admission courtesy of Disney Youth Programs. The winner also receives a cash prize of $2,500.
The principals and assistant principals were selected because of their ability to foster cultures that increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members.
Florida Department of Education