Dianne Memmer-Novak is the principal at Hobe Sound Elementary in Martin County, Florida. Prior to becoming an administrator, she was an instructional specialist for K-5 reading, a reading coach, and an elementary school teacher. She has over 29 years of experience in education. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Her love of learning resulted in her continuing her education to get a Master’s of Science degree in Elementary Education, as well as a PH.D. in Global Leadership. Dr. Memmer-Novak believes that we should lead by example. Say what you mean, mean what you say. Make sure that your actions match your words. We have the awesome responsibility of shaping young minds to make the world a better place.
Dr. Mary White
Having previously served as an assistant principal at the elementary and high school level, principal of an elementary school, and Director of Elementary Programs, Dr. White is currently serving the role of Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12 in the Martin County School District. In her teaching career, she was a middle school reading and language arts teacher. She had previously served as an adjunct for FAU in the School leaders program. Simon Sinek states, “A star wants to see themselves rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around them become stars.” Our job as leaders is to build those around us to become leaders. Relationships matter. “No matter what accomplishments you make somebody helps you,” Althea Gibson. “Enjoy the journey,” John Pisapia.
Dr. Michelle Herrington
Dr. Herrington has served as a teacher, professional developer, assistant principal, and is currently a school principal in St. Lucie Public Schools. She has served as a classroom teacher for 8 years teaching both 3rd and 4th grades. She believes that education is the great equalizer and that all students, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or zip code deserve a quality education. Education was her own personal pathway from poverty and she believes strongly in its power to level the playing field. There is no better profession than the one that provides a child the resources and skills to be anything they want to be!
Dr. Jon Prince
Dr. Prince is currently the Deputy Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools and began in that role in 2015. Prior to that, he worked as a school administrator at all levels in Palm Beach County and Orange County, Florida. In 1992, Dr. Prince began his teaching career as a 4th grade teacher in Alachua County, Florida. He then moved to Palm Beach County, Florida and taught 7th and 8th grade science at the middle school level g. He believes that public education is the pillar of our democracy and critical to our way of life. Equity and access to opportunities in our public schools is critical to students' success, our individual success and instrumental to our nation's future. On a fundamental level, creating independent-minded critical thinkers is his daily mission as a public servant. This program truly provides an avenue to make a difference and learn how to make a positive lasting impact on those one interacts with daily. Be inspired and go inspire others. There is no more important work than leading our public schools.
Dr. Tamar-Belgraves presently serves as the Assistant Principal responsible for the School Improvement Plan, Title 1, Visual, Performing Arts, Professional Development, along with Career & Technical Education Programs at a High School. She spent 3 years as a full-time classroom teacher and then assumed the role of Career Specialist for 7 years. During those 7 years as Career Specialist, she was fortunate to continue refining her teaching practice, at times instructing up to 3 classes each year along with fulfilling other duties. Creating an environment centered on trust, where all stakeholders feel safe and valued. Within this system, leaders serve not only in a transformational capacity, but as servant leaders focused on the needs and overall development of people. "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Dr. Mark Malham
Dr. Malham supervises all aspects of the social studies, arts, physical education, and world language curricula, as well as supervise the student technician program in the MCSD. As a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher for 13 years, he has fostered an environment in which innovative instructional methodologies complemented the dynamics of the job market for which we are preparing future workers. "As leaders," he says, "we are called upon to serve; not to be served. Therefore, it is our obligation to nurture a culture by which we build capacity in others to develop personally and professionally. You are on an exciting professional journey; seek out opportunities to grow beyond your comfort zone."
Dr. Jodi Certosimo
Dr. Certosimo has experience with academic training in Educational Leadership and Curriculum, with hands-on experience in project management, research, and program planning. Offers employers knowledge of policy, procedures and practices in a K-20 setting. Offers employers a track record of developing solutions through collaboration, communication and in-depth knowledge of grants management.
Currently serving as a School Principal in St. Lucie County, Dr. Reid has spent 25 years working in education, having started her career in Palm Beach county as a teacher and administrator for 12 years. She was inspired to become a school leader because she wants to be able to influence others to support students. Doing what is right for the kids is her leadership maxim. When asked what her advice is to aspiring school leaders, Dr. Reid says, “There are good days and bad days, but the bottom line is when we see the success of our students every day is a great day!”
Dr. Wlodarczyk’s career in education has spanned several roles including; elementary school teacher, high school teacher, and district leader. He is a compassionate leader who is focused on creating solutions for continuous improvement. He was inspired to become a school leader after growing up in a household of educators. He saw the power of adults working together and wanted to harness the power of teams to amplify his leadership effect to a greater number of students than what he could in only the classroom. His leadership is guided by the maxim, “To lead is to learn”, working in partnerships to improve the learning experience for all. Dr. Wlodarczyk’s advice to future school leaders is that leadership is about making others better and removing barriers for their success. He believes this is a mission to keep striving, learning, partnering, and growing.
Dr. Wild has served as an Assistant Principal and Principal at the middle and high school levels and has been at the District level for seven years, initially as an Assistant Superintendent and currently as the Chief Academic Officer. She have taught at the high school level and served as a Guidance Counselor in both elementary and high school levels and has the pleasure of serving as an Adjunct Instructor at FAU for many years in earlier programs as well as Elite. She believes that every leader needs to have a strong understanding of leadership theory and a broad background full of rich experiences in order to develop their own effective style of leadership. Leaders should be change agents with strong values and be committed to creating strong teams for building future capacity so they can leave their settings better than they found them. She believes this journey is hard work, full of challenges, and rewards so develop a positive outlook and understanding that failures build your repertoire for future success.
Dr. Peter Zsiga
As the Coordinator of Accountability for St Lucie Schools, Dr. Zsiga works directly with top level leadership in designing and interpreting student and teacher performance reports to improve instructional outcomes. In the years he has served as a School Math Coach, his teachers have gained a far deeper understanding of the value of data and its significance in assessing, guiding, and improving instruction. Dr. Zsiga has also held leadership positions in several organizations and has motivated and developed many of his colleagues to higher levels of achievement and continues to challenge others to continue their professional and personal growth. Since he is genuinely interested in helping others identify and achieve their personal goals, he expects and obtains high levels of commitment, enthusiasm and performance from others, and no less from himself.
Dr. Chris Jones
Dr. Jones has served as an administrator in Martin County since 2008, and as principal at J.D. Parker School of Science, Math, and Technology since 2013. In that time it has been his privilege to mentor aspiring administrators. These leaders will soon serve alongside colleagues in positions that heavily impact the teachers and students who require effective learning institutions to meet today’s educational demands. However, leadership positions are as challenging as they are important. Effective mentoring helps leaders successfully meet the daunting challenges they will face in their future roles. Dr. Jones believes the reflective nature of mentoring others helps to improve his own practice as he guides mentees.