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Elementary Principal Receives $10,000 Leadership Award

Duval County Public Schools

Woodson Elementary School Principal, Cheryl Quarles-Gaston

Cheryl Quarles-Gaston, Principal at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School, has been named one of three winners of the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award 2012.

The 10th anniversary celebration of the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award event will be held November 14, 2012 at the University of Miami-Newman Alumni Center. The event will start with an 11:30 a.m. reception followed by an award luncheon.

The board for the principal leadership award usually selects only one winner; however this year they were so impressed with the finalists that three winners were selected. Mrs. Quarles-Gaston and two other outstanding principals will receive a $10,000 grand prize. The award criteria include raising student achievement, empowering staff and building partnerships that support school improvement goals. The award is an annual recognition that shines a spotlight on extraordinary principal leadership. The winners can use the award dollars at their own discretion.

During the luncheon, she will speak briefly about how the Council for Educational Change has impacted her leadership skills and her students. Following the ceremony, the grand prize winners will pose for photos and answer questions from the media.

Previous district winners of the principal leadership award include Jacqueline Byrd in 2005 and Todd Simpson in 2010. Both were principals at Reynolds Layne Elementary School.

Leonard Miller was the chair of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge from 1997-2002. He was also the founder of the Council for Educational Exchange and believed that principal leadership was the key to unlocking school improvement. The organization is a statewide, non-profit organization whose mission is to focus on leadership to improve student achievement and address critical education issues.