Dr. Taka S. Mays
Dr. Taka S. Mays
FAU ELITE Coordinator
Dr. Ginger Featherstone
Dr. Ginger Featherstone
Deputy Superintendent
Martin County School District
Ms. Denise Rodriguez
Ms. Denise Rodriguez
Director of Talent Development
St. Lucie Public Schools
Dr. Joseph Stanley
Dr. Joseph Stanley,
Director Human Resources Department
Okeechobee County Schools


St. Lucie Public Schools, in partnership with Martin County School District and FAU’s Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology (ELRM), collaborated to develop the ELITE—Educational Leadership: Intern to Excellence Partnership Program. Okeechobee County School District joined the ELITE Partnership in the 2018-19 school year.

The rigorous accelerated master’s degree program focuses on bridging theory and practice through on-site principal mentoring and internships. To meet the changing needs of the educational leadership landscape, the curriculum for ELITE was written and is taught by current district and school leaders in order to develop teacher leaders, and the leaders of tomorrow. ELITE Program Candidates are nominated by Principals within the 3 school districts to be accepted into the program. ELITE participants who successfully complete the program and earn their degree will be automatically accepted into the SLPS, MCSD, and OCSD Assistant Principal Pools.

This continued collaboration between FAU’s Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, St. Lucie Public Schools, Martin County Schools and Okeechobee County Schools will be beneficial in our joint effort to improve educational opportunities for students in South Florida.

The ELITE Partnership Program is the pathway to your Educational Leadership future!