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Commissioner's Leadership Academy 2015



Pictured [L-R] RMS Principal, Michele Yeomans; Chief Human Capital Officer, Karen Wells; WMS Principal, Rick Myhre

Crawfordville, FL –Wakulla School District Leaders graduate from the FL DOE Commissioner’s Leadership Academy

The Florida Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, and the Chancellor of K-12 Public Schools, Hershel Lyons, officially recognized four school district leaders at the 2015 Commissioner’s Leadership Academy graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Altamonte Springs, FL.  Wakulla Middle School Principal Rick Myhre; Riversprings Middle School Principal Michele Yeomans; Wakulla High School Assistant Principal for Curriculum Sunny Chancy; and Karen J. Wells, Chief Human Capital Officer have been actively involved in the Commissioner's Leadership Academy [CLA] since August 2014. This year's CLA consisted of 147 Florida school administrators engaged in fifty hours of practicing skills in instructional leadership. 


Superintendent Bobby Pearce explains, “Leaders cannot lead what they do not know. Through training and learning walks, the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy provided support for building leadership capacity linked to increased student achievement. Congratulations to our district leaders who have completed the Academy and have demonstrated both a passion for and a commitment to improving instruction.”


The purpose of the academy was to build the pipeline of school leadership in local districts as well as in the state. Karen Wells shared, “The training was focused on a strengths-based approach noticing specifics for improved instructional feedback.”


District leaders participated in three institutes and five learning walks at schools across North Florida with an assigned cohort consisting of Principals from Leon, Osceola, Calhoun and Liberty Counties and a FDOE representative. WMS Principal Rick Myhre notes, “Professional leadership and faculty development continues to be a priority for our district. Developing our ability to support teachers' growth with targeted feedback that is actionable, substantial and timely was a key objective of the Academy."


WHS Assistant Principal for Curriculum Sunny Chancy shares, “With the recent teacher evaluation changes, as well as new Florida standards, the academy has been timely and emphasized common best practices, regardless of the evaluation instrument used.”


RMS Principal Michele Yeomans adds, “The networking with colleagues from across the State has been priceless. We learned a common language supported by pragmatic strategies. I am hopeful the Academy will continue to exist and our elementary principals will have the same opportunity.”