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Community Leadership Academy Class of 2017-2018

Featured Photo from Community Leadership Academy Class of 2017-2018

Last week, SCPS Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin hosted the 2017 Leadership conference and invited the new Community Leadership Academy to attend. The Community Leadership Academy is a group of seventy-five local parents and SCPS alumni, college students, and business professionals who have been selected to receive a special behind-the-scenes look at our school district this year. As a former teacher, a mom of three children (two of whom attend an SCPS school), and the Education Editor for Lake Mary Life Publishing, Inc., I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

Each month this year, we’ll visit a different school to learn more about the district’s operations, departments, the state of our schools, and all opportunities and services available to our children.


At the conference, I felt honored to sit in a room filled with individuals who are dedicated to  serving our community’s children each day. Dr. Griffin celebrated new administrators, recent district accomplishments (we are once again an “A” district!) and shared his vision for the 2017-2018. We listened to inspirational guest speakers, a panel of business leaders who shared workforce expertise, and touching student performances and speeches.


Most importantly, the common denominator of all who attended was the importance of love for our children and the passion of creating the best possible educational experiences for our children. We are certainly a community who cares about the wellbeing of every single child. Judging by the size of our new Community Leadership Academy, we are a community who wants to learn more, educate others, and help when possible.


In his recent introduction, Winter Springs High Principal and SCPS Principal of the Year Pete Gaffney said, “I strongly believe that the local high school is the centerpiece of a city. The high school should be the place that people turn to for their education, nightly arts, and athletic entertainment.”


I agree with Mr. Gaffney. Our schools should always be our focus, and I look forward to another year of celebrating our community’s centerpieces.  

Photo caption above: Education Editor Pam Neff and Lake Mary Life staff writer Allison Tate, two members of the 2017-2018 Community Leadership Academy.


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