of Plato Academy Tampa
Dear Plato Academy Families,
Sometimes, unexpected change leads to the most amazing opportunities. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Mr. Gunderson and Ms. Edmond as fellow charter school principals in Hillsborough County for several years. I’ve always admired all of the incredible accomplishments of Plato Academy-Tampa, and the tight-knit family you’ve all created together. I am so excited to take up the baton that Ms. Edmond is handing me, and to run the race in a way that honors all the hard work that came before me.
The famous Zig Ziglar quote says, “Success is when opportunity meets preparation,” and I have been preparing for this opportunity for a long time. Born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Spanish and English, and began my teaching career in 1995. I spent 11 years as a teacher, and earned my first M.A. in Education. From there I spent three years working in the Office of State and Federal Programs as a curriculum and assessment specialist. Always willing to try something new, I accepted a position as a principal at an American international school in Malaysia and remained for six years. Upon returning to the U.S., I continued my career as a principal in the great state of Florida for the last 6 years. During that time, I’ve earned an additional M.A. in Theology and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.
I look forward to experiencing the greatness that is Plato Academy-Tampa, and working together with all of you to make it even greater!
Heather Jenkins, Principal
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 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.