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Sarasota leader is one of three state finalists for Principal Leadership award
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Sarasota leader is one of three state finalists for Principal Leadership award

Sarasota County, Florida -- Governor Rick Scott announced on Monday that Alta Vista Elementary School Principal Barbara Shirley is one of three finalists for the Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. One statewide Principal of the Year and one Assistant Principal of the Year will be announced in February at the annual Commissioner’s Summit for Principals.

According to a news release from governor’s office, which also announced the three finalists for Assistant Principal of the Year, the awards recognize “outstanding leaders who have increased student performance, promoted safe learning environments and established successful partnerships with parents and community members.”

After receiving the news that she is a finalist for the state’s highest award for principals, Shirley said, “It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition when you realize the quality of our principal leadership throughout the state. This news is particularly rewarding because it reflects the achievement of our entire Alta Vista team, our district’s collaborative educational efforts and the strong citizen support for public education in Sarasota County.”

Shirley has been principal of Alta Vista Elementary since July 2007. She has worked for the Sarasota County School District since 1993, serving first at Pine View School as a teacher of gifted students in grades two and four, Exceptional Student Education liaison and admissions coordinator. She was assistant principal at Gocio Elementary from 2001-05 and assistant principal at Sarasota High School from 2005-07.

Before joining the district she was educational specialist at Lakeside Pavilion of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, co-owner of Fortune Personnel Consultants, director and clinical supervisor for the Tulsa University Stoia Learning Center in Tulsa, Ok., director of the Tulsa Vianney School for Girls, and a teacher of students with learning disabilities in Illinois school districts in Lake Forest and Lake County.

Shirley holds a Bachelor of Science Education from Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass; a Master of Arts in Special Education from Tulsa University; and a doctorate in Education with a concentration in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.

In a letter nominating Shirley for the Principal of the Year Award, Sarasota County Schools Executive Director of Elementary Schools wrote that, after being named principal of Alta Vista Elementary, “Dr. Shirley immediately placed a focus on instructional improvement and developing her instructional staff. She truly is an instructional leader and has impacted student achievement at the school.”


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