July 16, 2021
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Plato Academy Clearwater
2045 Palmetto St., Building A
Clearwater, FL 33765
Tel: (727) 205 6360
I am excited to introduce myself to you as the next Principal of Plato Clearwater. This is my eighth year with Plato Academy. I grew up in western Maryland and moved to Pinellas County right before middle school. I have been here since then, graduating from Countryside High School and then St. Petersburg College. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education K-6 with Reading and ESOL endorsements. When I began my teaching career I was hired at Plato Academy Seminole and taught both Kindergarten and 2nd grade before pursuing my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. I then became the Assistant Principal at Plato Academy Seminole and have worked closely with Mrs. Staab over the past few years, learning how to lead a school with compassion and purpose.
Although I have spent my career as an educator at Plato Seminole thus far, I am thrilled to join the PAC team! Being part of Plato Academy means being part of 9 sister schools, each filled with equally wonderful educators and leaders. I have worked with Mrs. Beck in the past when we were both part of the Kindergarten team and again recently as fellow assistant principals. I am thankful for her support and expertise as I embark on a new journey at PAC and I can assure you that we will work closely to ensure your families have a smooth and positive transition. My personal philosophy of education directly aligns with the Plato Academy mission statement and I am dedicated to ensuring the families at Plato Clearwater receive the same top-notch education that they have in the past, with a specific focus on high expectations and a nurturing environment.
The mission of Plato Academy Charter Schools is to assist students in achieving their full potential by requiring and nurturing high academic and behavioral standards in a safe, supporting, challenging, and enthusiastic environment, providing a well-rounded K-8 education fortified by a study of the Greek language and culture, and fostered by a commitment and cooperative effort among the school, students, parents, and community: our family.
The vision of the Plato Academy Charter Schools is to progress as a family in which all are teachers and learners and are empowered and encouraged to exceed expectations, resulting in successful graduates ready to advance into their next stage of life, equipped with a well-rounded K-8 education fortified by the study of the Greek language and culture, and excited about continuing to achieve their full potential.
Plato Academy Schools are all fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and schools as managed by AdvancED. SACS provides nationally recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.