The Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announces the selection of its best among the best principals and assistant principals as finalists for the 2013 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year.
The District’s Caliber Awards program recognizes the exceptional leadership, hard word and dedication of principals and assistant principals, and honors a top Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year among them.
The Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year finalists and all nominees will be honored at BCPS Caliber Awards, which recognizes Broward’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related employees on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale.
Following are the 2013 Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year finalists:
Principal of the Year Finalists
Coral Cove Elementary School
Charismatic, dedicated and knowledgeable are just a few of the words that describe Philip Bullock. He has served BCPS for over 26 years, with three of those years as principal at Coral Cove Elementary School. Bullock’s ability to remain active, visible and supportive is the reason Coral Cove Elementary continues to show academic growth and increased community involvement.
Shawn M. Cerra
J.P. Taravella High School
By every standard, Shawn Cerra demonstrates a commitment to his students, teachers, staff and community each and every day. For the past 19 years, he has been in the education field, and the past 11 years as principal of J.P. Taravella High School. His words inspire students and challenge them to reach their goals, while his actions demonstrate his drive to reach whatever goals he sets out to accomplish.
Gulfstream Middle School
In the field of education, Brian Kingsley stands out as a champion who is passionate, innovative and effective. With 15 years of education experience, three as principal of Gulfstream Middle School, his commitment to his students and the community is outstanding. He understands the importance of integrating the school into the surrounding community and has quickly become a pillar in the Hallandale Beach community.
Dr. Ryan T. Reardon
Oriole Elementary School
Dr. Ryan T. Reardon is a 21st Century leader with exceptional abilities who has led multiple efforts to continue the process of 21st Century learning. He has been the principal at Oriole Elementary for the past four years and has a total of 14 years of educational experience.
Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists
South Plantation High School
Dr. Cathy Bonner has an impact on many in her school’s community through her ongoing partnerships and her visionary approach to instructional leadership. With nine years of educational experience, two of those years serving as an assistant principal at South Plantation High School, Bonner believes that education will continue to become increasingly specialized and multi-faced, in order to effectively address student achievement in the evolving educational marketplace.
Flamingo Elementary School
As an educator for 17 years, JoAnne Misiewicz-Selzter definitely goes above and beyond the normal expectations. As assistant principal at Flamingo Elementary School, one of her greatest assets is her ability to be proactive. She has designed several staff development opportunities for teachers and teacher assistants and is a major team player to her peers, her community, her students and their parents.
Indian Ridge Middle School
Elpidio Muniz is described by his colleagues at Indian Ridge Middle School as a strong communicator with a gentle nature and calm demeanor. In his role as an assistant principal at the school for eight years and a total of 12 years of educational experience, he has demonstrated his ability to be an extraordinary leader and motivator who exhibit compassion, effective communication skills, and innovative program development.
Cheryl A. Proctor
Banyan Elementary School
Banyan Elementary School has become a model of excellence, thanks to the guidance of Cheryl Proctor. With 14 years of experience, six as an assistant principal, her positive attitude and love for her students are reflected in the outstanding quality of leadership she maintains. Proctor gives generously of her time and often works beyond the school day to provide services to her community, according to Nadine Drew, spokesperson for the Broward County School District.