Educator Voices

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 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 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…]

Commentary: School choice meets diverse needs

Editor’s note: This opinion piece from Deborah Suddarth, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton, appeared Sunday in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. When I read the recent column “School choice leaves poor choices,” I thought back to when I was the associate superintendent for schools in the Diocese of Fort[Read More…]

Word for word: Founding principal of IDEA Victory Academy Latoya McGhee

Editor’s note: IDEA Public Schools, a Texas-based nonprofit that serves more than 63,000 students in 120 schools across Texas and Louisiana, is set to bring its award-winning college preparatory program to the Sunshine State this year with the opening of two campuses in Hillsborough County. In their first year, the Tampa[Read More…]

Montessori education: Ahead of its time

Editor’s note: This post from Judy Dempsey, founder and longtime principal of Summit-Questa Montessori School in Davie, Florida, is based on a chapter from her 2016 book “Turning Education Inside Out: Confessions of a Montessori Principal.” Education today must establish different goals for itself compared to generations ago. Today’s world[Read More…]