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We asked principals; how do your teachers inspire you?

April 16, 2019 - Employee Excellence

Jennifer Sparano, Principal of Brandon High School

The teachers I work with inspire me with their dedication. This includes all of the extra time they put in on their own and alongside colleagues and administrators. I feel tremendously supported by the teachers at Brandon High School and I know students and families feel this way as well.


David Brown, Principal of Strawberry Crest High School

There are two types of teachers that really inspire me as a principal.

First, there is what I call, the Prize Fighter Teacher. Just like a Prize Fighter who is fighting in a Prize Fight, this teacher is relentless in their job as a teacher. As soon as the bell rings, they go out and work as hard as possible to ensure their students are learning at the highest and most rigorous levels. Day after day… bell after bell… they do not let anyone, any situation, anything stop them. They only see the prize in front of them—that being student success!!!

The second type of teacher that inspires me, I call the Adoptive Parent Teacher. Just like a loving parent who adopts a child, this teacher doesn’t care where a student comes from, they don’t care what their past situation was, they don’t care what color they are, what religion they are—they establish a great rapport with the student, show them unconditional love and let each know that regardless if they never had anyone care about them or about their future, THIS TEACHER DOES!!! And that teacher, like a mother lioness with her cub, protects, supports, and does whatever needs to be done to ensure the student is successful!!!


Johan von Ancken, Principal of Eisenhower Middle School

Teachers provide me with reflective feedback to help me grow as a better leader. I truly appreciate the teacher perspective and that is why we support collective decision-making. Often our teachers think of potential opportunities and challenges and this allows us to make a decision that is truly in the best interest of our students. We are a family of educators and often say "One Team, One Goal!”


Melanie Cochrane, Principal of McDonald Elementary

I am inspired daily by my teachers’ dedication to their students and their profession—it’s not just a job, but a calling. They invest their time, energy, money and heart to help their students reach their full potential.


Colleen Carr, Principal of Shields Middle School

Teachers inspire me when they are empowered and understand that education is an act of service in which we work 365 days a year to carry out our mission to make a difference every day by producing globally productive citizens!


Larissa McCoy, Principal of Leto High School

My teachers inspire me by believing in the potential of our students and themselves. It is refreshing to work with a faculty of people who are committed to improving their professional practice, best serving the needs of the students in our school.


Ovett Wilson, Principal of Carter G. Woodson PreK-8

Teachers have the ability to pull greatness out of us. Their commitment to students inspires me to give my all on a daily basis.


Dr. Denyse Riveiro, Principal of MacFarlane Park Elementary Magnet School

I have an overwhelming sense of pride at all that has been accomplished at our school. One day not long ago, like me, many of my teachers entered this building with the hope and enthusiasm of making a difference. The teachers inspired my dreams to become our reality. I am motivated and deeply inspired by MacFarlane Park teachers who positively impact the lives of students, not just one day, but every day of every year. Their dedication and commitment are the driving force as we breed confidence, hope and peace in our children.

MacFarlane Park teachers are great educators, great leaders, and most importantly, great people. I acknowledge and commend my teachers' excellent work and I'm thankful for their commitment and the guided support that they have all given to our children. They ignite the minds of our children and illuminate the halls of our wonderful school.

My teachers inspire me to do my best, take risks for our children, and to push beyond even the highest expectations by making a way out of no way. They inspire me with their endless persistence to help all our children achieve academic success. I will forever be grateful to MacFarlane Park teachers I have been pribileged to work with throughout the years. They each have left their mark of greatness on me and our wonderful school!


Amy Rappleyea, Principal of Barrington Middle School

My teachers inspire me with their willingness to do whatever it takes to make our students successful. They are very flexible and are always coming up with different ideas and strategies to ensure student achievement. They are very passionate and committed to their jobs and take the responsibility very seriously--they know the impact they make on their students. They definitely make me a better principal by pushing me to reach their level!


Francine Lazarus, Principal of Foster Elementary School

My teachers inspire me every day by watching them go above and beyond to meet the needs of our kids! They work well beyond their contracted hours, they go to kids' games on the weekends, they text back-and-forth with the families, and they're always looking for ways to build strong relationships to positively impact their academics. The work they do every day is changing kids' lives and I am proud to serve as their principal!


Beverly Smith, Principal of Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School

My teachers inspire me by being committed to each other every day and by being committed to the learning of our students. They come to work when the going gets rough; they come to work on good days and bad days. They stand in the paint and work together for the common good of all of our students. My teachers inspire me because they have grit, they share the load, and simply because they teach!


Tami Brooks, Principal of Buckhorn Elementary School

What inspires me is seeing relationships made with students, making the lightbulbs go off like never before. When they teach children to be good humans and the academics follow because the human side exists.


Arlene Castelli, Principal of King High School

My teachers inspire me by encouraging students to find their own strengths. Team work is just as important as individual work and our teachers give them the ability to do both. All students know there is more than one way to be successful and their strengths should guide them.


Rebecca Salgado, Principal of Ruskin Elementary

Everyday in our building is a new adventure! When I think of the teachers at Ruskin Elementary, I feel grateful for staff that is always willing to do the hard work and the heart work! Together WE "Connect with students and make a Difference"