The Council for Educational Change has singled out Peggy Pearson (left) of Mount Vernon Elementary in St. Petersburg for the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award. The award recognizes principals for empowering faculty, helping students to achieve, and encouraging parent and community involvement.
Pearson came to Mount Vernon as an assistant principal seven years ago and became principal in 2004. The school earned its first A from the state during the 2003-04 school year and has maintained an A for the past three years.
Award nominations came this year from a pool of more than 300 principals statewide who have participated in CEC programs and activities. Pearson, along with finalists Jean Ellis Teal of Miami Edison Senior High and Randall Jud Strickland of S.A. Hull Elementary in Jacksonville, will participate in an on-site interview conducted by education and corporate leaders.
The award will be presented Nov. 14, in Miami.
- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter