Marlene Sokol - Hillsborough County schools reporter

Hillsborough County schools reporter

I’ve been a journalist since 1983 at newspapers all over Florida. After 15 years as an editor in the Tampa suburbs I was assigned to cover the Hillsborough public school system, the same one that gave my two children a great education. That last part didn't happen by itself. I was an active volunteer and believe schools should accommodate parents' busy schedules. I’m not a fan of the 3 p.m. parent conference or 10 a.m. PTA meeting! On weekends I play tennis and volunteer at a youth soccer program. Call or email me with your tips about the schools. I use Facebook for family and Twitter for self-promotion. But I prefer my conversations one-on-one.

  1. Crossing guard Henrietta Wilson helps students walk across a street near Foster Elementary School on Aug. 26, 2019. [Times files]
  2. Addison Davis, the incoming superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, checks in on fifth-grader Alathia Crosby at Grove Park Elementary in Clay County. Davis brings with him a hands-on style that improved Clay schools, but which some employees have found overbearing.
  3. Troy Smith is the new principal of Walden Lake Elementary School.
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  5. Ysabel Laura, Melany Mora and Suleiny Mejia Melis at Leto High School's meeting of the Educators Rising Club on Jan. 17, 2020.
  6. Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools in Hillsborough County, has landed a job as superintendent in Providence, R.I.
  7. Miranda Harwood, a fourth-grade math teacher at Brooker Elementary School, is the Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year.
  8. Kurt Browning, left, is seeking a third term as superintendent of Pasco County schools. Addison Davis, right, is negotiating a contract to become Hillsborough County's next superintendent.
  9. Addison Davis, the superintendent of Clay County District Schools, was chosen Tuesday as the new Hillsborough County school superintendent.
  10. Pat Hall of the League of Women Voters speaks with Addison Davis, a finalist for Hillsborough Schools Superintendent, on Jan. 16 at Rampello K-8 School in Tampa.
  11. From left, Don Haddad, Peter Licata and Addison Davis, all finalists for the job of Hillsborough County school superintendent, met Thursday with community members at Rampello K-8 School. The School Board will choose among the three on Tuesday.
  12. A point tally ranking the three finalists to be Hillsborough County's next school superintendent shows up on a screen in the School Board meeting room Thursday after a meeting that lasted most of the day.
  13. Hillsborough school officials on Thursday will narrow the list of contenders to be the district's next superintendent. A day-long meeting is planned as School Board members interview seven semifinalists.
  14. Addison Davis and Harrison Peters are two of seven semifinalists for Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent. Both photos were obtained from school district websites. Davis is the superintendent in Clay, Peters is Chief of Schools in Hillsborough.
  15. Jackson Elementary School has a new principal: Dina Wyatt, who is transferring over from Walden Lakes Elementary.
  16. Assisted by the Ray and Associates search firm, the Hillsborough County School Board is hiring a new superintendent.
  17. Addison Davis, the elected superintendent of Clay County District Schools in Florida, is one of seven semifinalists to be Hillsborough County's next superintendent.
  18. Assisted by a search firm, the Hillsborough County School Board is hiring a new superintendent using a process adopted months ago. But board members and others also have been working outside the process to recruit candidates and gain an advantage.
  19. Ryan Ray of the Hillsborough County School District's superintendent search firm scored a mock matrix of ice cream flavors to prepare School Board members for the work of narrowing the field of superintendent candidates.
  20. Assisted by the Ray and Associates search firm, the Hillsborough County School Board is hiring a new superintendent.
  21. State Rep. Fentrice Driskell, left, said in a letter that Hillsborough Chief of Schools Harrison Peters, right, is "the right leader to serve the growing diversity of the students and families of our community."
  22. Deputy superintendent Chris Farkas during the back to school press conference at Valrico Elementary School in Valrico on Sunday, August 5, 2018.
  23. Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller hosted a meeting at his home to discuss the school district's superintendent search.
  24. OCTAVO JONES   |   Times
The Hillsborough County School Board needs a new superintendent to replace the retiring Jeff Eakins.