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St. Petersburg Principal Recognized for Leadership

Peggy Pearson, principal of Mount Vernon Elementary in St. Petersburg, recently won the prestigious $10,000 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award, presented annually by the Council for Educational Change, Florida’s Educational Think Tank.

Pearson led the team that has raised Mount Vernon, a school with 73 percent of its students on free/reduced-price lunch, from a “D” school for three years in a row to an “A” school for the past three years. She started her career at Mount Vernon as an assistant principal seven years ago and took over as principal in 2004-05. The school earned its first “A” during the 2003-04 school and under Pearson’s leadership has maintained that “A” grade.

The award honors the late Leonard Miller, a well-known advocate for public education improvement. He was Council for Educational Change founder and former chair of its predecessor organization, the South Florida Annenberg Challenge. It is given for the outstanding work of a principal in three areas: student achievement, parent/community involvement and empowering school-based leadership.