Educator Voices

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…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews educator Danielle Marolf

On this episode, Tuthill talks with the principal of Wellmont Academy, a faith-based private school in St. Petersburg, Florida, that serves traditional grade levels – with a twist. While some students participate in in-person instruction two or three days a week, others attend in person five days a week, depending[Read More…]

Educator profile: Montessori school owner, teacher trainer and author Judy Dempsey

For more than four decades, Judy Dempsey has sought to bring out the best in children while offering education options to Florida families. For the past 26 years, she has owned and operated Summit-Questa Montessori School in Davie, which serves children from 18 months through eighth grade. About 20 percent[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews leaders of Miami Catholic Virtual School

On this episode, Tuthill talks with Archdiocese of Miami Catholic Virtual School principal Rebeca Bautista, left, and coordinator of special programs Marcey Ayers. The online school is the only Catholic virtual school in the country run by an Archdiocese – a Catholic version of the well-known Florida Virtual School, which[Read More…]

Florida’s Principal Autonomy initiative showing signs of success

Editor’s note: Throughout August, redefinED is revisiting stories that shine a light on extraordinary educators. Today’s post, first published in August 2018, features two strong school leaders, one in Palm Beach and one in St. Petersburg, who saw critical needs at their schools and took the necessary steps to address[Read More…]

Go & grind: School choice gives this principal a platform to inspire

Editor’s note: Throughout August, redefinED is revisiting stories that shine a light on extraordinary educators. Today’s post, first published in September 2018, features a veteran educator who shares her own life lessons to help the students at her school.   MIAMI – Little Havana is in a hurry. Long before[Read More…]

PodcastED: How education choice serves special needs students

Educational choice supporters believe that the future of public education looks a lot like growing models and services available to students with unique abilities. For instance, the Gardiner Scholarship will serve approximately 14,000 students in Florida this upcoming school year. The scholarship is an educational savings account for families of[Read More…]