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Principal's Enthusiasm and Collaborative Nature
Lead School to Higher Achievement

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Jennifer, Joshua and Anthony welcome Commissioner Horne to Turie T. Small Elementary.

In 1994, when Betty Powers was appointed Principal of Turie T. Small Elementary, she knew she faced many challenges. However, she did not know then how successful she would be at overcoming them. An inner city school, T.T. Small serves a high minority population with low socioeconomic status.

From the beginning, Principal Powers knew she had to do two key things to ensure that all students have the opportunity and desire to succeed. First, she had to change the school's atmosphere. She did so by creating an Academic Behavior Academy that focuses on student behavior and good attendance. The school also adopted a voluntary school uniform program, in which nearly all of the students now participate.

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Commissioner Horne listens as students strengthen vocabulary skills in Mrs. David's fourth grade reading class.

Second, Principal Powers knew she would need help, so she enlisted teachers, parents, community members, and business partners to provide an array of educational and behavioral mentoring programs for students. Through unique partnerships with such organizations as the City of Daytona Beach, Bethune- Cookman College, Embry Riddle University, and Rotary West, volunteers are now active in the Early ID Program for kindergarten students, Math Wizard and Word Wizards for students with identified academic need, and Reading First. In 2000, the Parent in Action program was adopted to encourage parental involvement, and in addition to their daily instructional activities, teachers at T.T. Small provide Academic Instructional Support Tutoring after school.

Although if you asked her, Principal Powers would say her job isn't finished yet, the results achieved by T.T. Small are inspiring. A "D" school in 1999, T.T. Small received a surprise visit from Education Commissioner Jim Horne last fall recognizing the students, faculty, and staff for the tremendous work that resulted in their "A" school grade for 2003.

For more information about Turie T. Small Elementary, please visit http://schools.volusia.k12.fl.us/ttsmall.