Dr. Rosann Sidener, principal at Miami Beach Senior High School has been selected as the 2012 Florida Association of School Administrators’ (FASA) Principal of the Year. Sidener will represent Florida in the 2013 Metlife/NASSP National Principal of the Year competition.
Sidener has served as a school administrator for 18 years and as principal of Miami Beach Senior High School for five. “Beach High” is one of 39 high schools in the Miami-Dade County Public School System and serves more than 2,300 students as the second oldest school in the district. Sidener has led her school under the Florida School accountability system from a ‘D’ in 2007 to an ‘A’ and also boosted the graduation rate from 63 percent to 75 percent.
In her application, Sidener stated, “I wanted to ensure that the school community worked together to develop active governance structures that would provide systems and procedures for gathering, analyzing and leveraging data as well as developing policies to guide school improvement efforts.”
In support of her nomination, Region Superintendent Jose Dotres wrote, “I commend Dr. Sidener for her unyielding determination to ensure that the learning environment at her school is driven by a focus on the academic advancement and emotional needs of the students.”
To overcome recent budget challenges, Sidener has partnered with many local businesses and agencies to provide students with greater resources and opportunities such as internships and field experiences.
FASA Executive Director Juhan Mixon, Ed.D. stated, “Dr. Sidener is a model principal that puts her students’ achievement at the top and involves teachers, students, parents and staff in the process to reach a defined goal. FASA is proud to have Dr. Sidener as a member and hopes that NASSP will recognize the gem we have in Florida.”
ABOUT FASA AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) is a statewide umbrella association representing nearly 11,000 education administrators throughout Florida. FASA strives to serve and support the professional goals of Florida’s education administrators and to enhance Florida’s quality of education. The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year program began in 1993 as a means to recognize outstanding middle level and high school principals. The program annually honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.