Six Brevard School Principals Earn Outstanding Grades
By Ed Pierce // June 8, 2012
Honored By Teachers
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Results of the annual school principal survey conducted by the Brevard Federation of Teachers have been tabulated and this year six administrators have drawn record praise for their work.
“Something wonderful is happening at six local schools,” said Richard Smith, president of the Brevard Federation of Teachers.
“Mims and Sea Park Elementary Schools, DeLaura and Kennedy Middle Schools, Heritage High School and West Shore Jr./Sr. High School all have something in common. They are the best according to the teachers in their faculties.”
Smith said the surveys were sent to all teachers in every Brevard Public School in March.
Results were scored and will be shared with the superintendent’s office.
“We collected 7,787 evaluations rating 211 school administrators throughout the county, Smith said.
“This is an annual project of the union and is the only evaluation done anonymously. We believe it to be a true measure of the professional relationships on each of the campuses.”
For elementary school principals, scoring at the top were Mims Elementary School’s Shari Tressler and Sea Park Elementary School’s Carmen Elliot.
At the middle school level, Richard Myers of Kennedy Middle School and DeLaura assistant principal Tina Susin received outstanding marks.
High school principals receiving top recognition this year were Heritage High School principal John Tuttle and West Shore Jr./Sr. High School assistant principal Jackie Ingratta.
“The survey was meant to be an opportunity to engage the district in a collaborative discussion to improve the most important individual at a school,” Smith said.
“The principal affects the children, the teachers, the parents and the community.”
He said principals at the top of the surveys were praised for their ability to lead schools in an inspiring way while communicating goals effectively and demonstrating concern and empathy for all school employees while meeting district objectives.
“They are fair, ethical and objective and truly define what a principal should strive to become,” Smith said.
He shared some of the typical comments made in the surveys about some of the principals who earned high marks this year.
“Mrs. Tressler is always willing to listen to others’ opinions. She is consistent and supportive of all our faculty and students.”
Another one read, “Ms. Susin is a supportive administrator who always is there for you. In addition, she is a pleasant person with a willing, listening ear.”
Also, “Richard Myers is the very essence of a professional. His attention to detail is only exceeded by his compassion for the students, parents and teachers of this school. If I could only have one principal in my career, I would want it to be him.”
One of the very best principals I ever had the pleasure to work for is Bob Spinner at Space Coast Jr. Sr. High. I have worked for numerous principals over the last 16 years in 2 states. He was supportive, encouraging, personable, and enthusiastic while exhibiting strong leadership. I would vote overwhelmingling for Mr. Spinner!
Congratulations to Vice Principal Ingratta. As the mother of a West Shore middle school student, I can say it comes as no surprise that Ms. Ingratta would be recognized as a superior administrator. Principal Fleming is also one of best principals in the county. Congrats to the school!