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What happens at a school when you have a dedicated and hard working team? The faculty and staff of the Julian D. Parker School of Martin County have the answer. In 1999, Julian D. Parker was a D school. Four years later, the staff and students celebrated becoming an A school for the first time. They are proving that success is possible in a positive learning environment.
Assistant Principal Dodie Graham, Florida's Assistant Principal of the Year, worked diligently to establish before and after school programs that tutor students in reading, writing and math. The school also partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Stuart and the Sheriff's Office to provide mentoring and transportation for students.
Graham is proud of J.D. Parker's designation as a Literacy First school. Originating in Washington State, the Literacy First Program provides training and a guided research assistance plan that must be used by the teaching staff. The students work on reading and language arts for 2 ½ hours every day. As helpful as these programs are, Graham believes there is one thing no program can replace. "There is still nothing like having a dedicated staff," she said.
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