Department of Education to Host Summit for Principals

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Tallahassee, Fla., February 8, 2013 – Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett will convene the 8th annual Commissioner’s Summit for Principals on Monday in Lake Buena Vista. Highlights of the event include the keynote address by Dr. James Peterson and conferring the Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award.

Interested media should contact the Department of Education’s press office prior to Monday.

WHAT: 8th Annual Commissioner’s Summit for Principals

WHEN: Monday, February 11, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Epcot® at the Living Seas
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista

Media should meet at the Disney Boardwalk Resort
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista

WHAT: Commissioner Bennett’s Opening Remarks
WHEN: 8:30 a.m.

WHAT: Keynote Address: Cultural Competence in Educational Reform
Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of
English, Lehigh University
WHEN: 9:00 a.m.

WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on Education Issues
WHEN: 10:45 a.m.

WHAT: Awards Luncheon
Keynote Address by Alex Lopes, 2013 Florida Teacher of the Year
WHEN: 12:00 p.m.

This year’s finalists include

Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership

Sandy Moore, Escambia County
Jayne Ellspermann, Marion County
Pablo Ortiz, Miami-Dade County

Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award

Michelle Rovira Daly, Clay County
William McAteer, Marion County
Denise B. Johnson, Miami-Dade County


About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit


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