Denise Stewart of Cocoa Jr./Sr. High Named BPS Assistant Principal of the Year

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has worked tirelessly to become part of the Cocoa Jr./Sr. High School Community

Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Mark Mullins, left, with Denise Stewart, assistant principal of Cocoa Jr./Sr. High School. Stewart was named Brevard Public Schools’ Assistant Principal of the Year. She has been an assistant principal at Cocoa Jr./Sr. High School for the past three years.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Denise Stewart, assistant principal of Cocoa Jr./Sr. High School, has been named Brevard Public Schools’ Assistant Principal of the Year.

Other finalists for BPS Assistant Principal of the year included Lucy Haddock of Freedom 7 Elementary School and John Johnson of Bayside High School.

Stewart has been an assistant principal at Cocoa Jr./Sr. High School for the past three years.

Prior to joining the administrative ranks of Brevard Public Schools, she was an instructional coach for Secondary Leading and Learning and was tasked with assisting new English and Social Studies teachers find their way as they began their new careers in teaching.

This was a perfect fit as an intermediate step in her move into administration from being an English teacher at Merritt Island High School. When Wilson selected Stewart as his assistant principal it was because he was impressed with her “can-do” attitude, passion for underachieving students, and work ethic.

Since arriving on campus, Stewart has worked tirelessly to become part of the fabric that makes up the Cocoa Jr./Sr. High School Community. She is tenacious with her belief in her student’s abilities and is involved in all academic decisions made for and with those students.

Because of Stewart’s passion for all students, she has spearheaded a new pathway for students to dual enroll at Eastern Florida State College called “Tigers to Titans.”

This new pathway is focused on the non-traditional dual enrollment student to expand their opportunity for not just their high school career, but also their life choices after graduation.

Candidates for BPS Assistant Principal of the Year were nominated and evaluated based on their performance on student achievement, instructional leadership, faculty development and learning environment.

Stewart will go on to interview in the state competition for Florida Assistant Principal of the Year.

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