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Prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy graduates SLC’s principals

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What is a ‘teachable spirit’? Is it someone who may face turmoil in their daily endeavors then look around to know that they don’t have all of the answers? Yet and but, if they collectively absorb the advice and information around them---they can prevail victoriously for the cause of which they have obligated themselves to whether contractually or through a gut desire to give for the sake of the ultimate call to do and be the best you can be for humanity because of caring and the desire to serve.

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We must be appreciative and forever grateful for those in leadership that also possess an attitude and willingness to continually learn about their involvement to grow in the knowledge of fulfilling the needs and desires of those of whom they are involved and must lead to victories and even individual success stories.

Lydia Martin, principal of Southport Middle, and Debra Snyder, principal of Palm Pointe Research School are both recent graduates of the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. These St. Lucie County School District’s principals were selected to participate in the Academy in recognition of their leadership skills and for being among Florida’s 50 highest performing principals.

In partnership with the FLDOE, the Council for Educational Change has designed the prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy to enhance participants’ strengths and leadership and continue their professional growth. The yearlong experience enabled the principals to build on their successes and influence the leadership of colleagues at the district and state levels.

These principals have demonstrated outstanding leadership and are now in a position to share their experience and expertise with their peers in the district and across the state.” said the President and Executive Director of the Council Dr. Elaine Liftin. As a result of the experience, Lydia Martin was promoted to Executive Director of Schools for Saint Lucie County.

On June 11, 2014, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Pamela Stewart, and the Council for Educational Change President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin, recognized members of the graduating class and encouraged them to continue to share their talents to build instructional leadership capacity by serving as a statewide and district resource.

The Commissioner’s Leadership Academy, sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue and Publix Super Markets Charities has impacted nearly 750 principals and aspiring school leaders, and an estimated 300,000 students over the past two years.

There is truth in the saying, “we never stop learning”, that is, if we take the time to realize that people, places and things evolve in life and constantly change. Therefore an attribute of good leadership must be constantly expanding and exposing oneself to creditable knowledge and experiences to better serve with wisdom and integrity.

PHOTO (from left): Lydia Martin, principal of Southport Middle, and Debra Snyder, principal of Palm Pointe Research School are both recent graduates of the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Commissioner’s Leadership Academy.

REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) July 2014

REF: Florida Department of Education www.fldoe.org

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