Educator Voices

podcastED: Florida’s Digital Educator of the Year shares secrets to success

On this episode, ReimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Jessica Strong, a sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Florida Virtual School, who recently received the Ron Nieto Digital Educator of the Year Award for 2022. Named in memory of Nieto, who served as Florida’s first deputy commissioner of innovation,[Read More…]

A colossal lesson – and a way out – for frustrated teachers

Editor’s note: This essay from Shiren Rattigan, who worked in public and private schools for 10 years before founding Colossal Academy in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area, first appeared in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Click here to read more stories about teacher entrepreneurship in a new paper authored by a[Read More…]

Q&A with a Catholic school advocate who has returned to her roots

“As times change, technology changes, and our students change. We, too, need to continue our education in best practices to be equipped for those changes.” – Cristina Rodriguez Catholic education has been an integral part of Cristina Rodriguez’s life. Her mother was a teacher in Cuba at a School of the[Read More…]

New leader at one of Florida’s oldest Catholic schools seeks to boost community, achievement

“A quality education must be available to all children in the state, and it is the responsibility of the state to provide multiple avenues to make education available to all and for all children regardless of race, creed, or economic background.” – LaTonya White Catholic education has defined LaTonya White’s[Read More…]

Commentary: Charter schools are good for our community

Editor’s note: This opinion piece from Tunji Williams, principal of Somerset Academy Eagle Campus in Jacksonville, Fla., appeared this morning on jacksonville.com. In a recent column, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor from Tampa bemoaned the rise of public charter schools in Florida, claiming they undermine traditional district schools. I understand her[Read More…]

Adventist Florida Conference leader: Our goal is to be intentional

“The greatest gift that any educator can give to their students is to serve them by being a foundation for learning rather than a ceiling.” – Frank Runnels As the organizational body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the state of Florida, the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has a[Read More…]

Commentary: Hillsborough, don’t close our high-achieving charter schools

Editor’s note: This opinion piece from Amy Sams, principal of Southshore Charter Academy, and Cuwana Lawson, principal of Woodmont Charter School, appeared Friday on tampabay.com. As the principals of two high-achieving charter schools in Hillsborough County, we along with thousands of students and their families, are appalled at the Hillsborough[Read More…]

The ‘education machine’ made this educator leave teaching – then she founded her own school

Editor’s note: Denisha Merriweather, director of family engagement at the American Federation for Children and founder of Black Minds Matter, recently interviewed Arianne Craig Jolla, who had dreamed of being a teacher since she was in fourth grade. Frustrated with school administrators who expected her to “teach to the test,”[Read More…]