Dr. Rosann Sidener to receive Distinguished Service Award


This year, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce will honor Dr. Rosann Sidener as the recipient of the Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award at the 90th Annual Dinner Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012. This extravagant event held at the Miami Beach Convention Center attracts more than 1200 of Miami Beach’s most influential business professionals to recognize outstanding members in the community.

The Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual or company whose extraordinary community involvement has generated extensive contributions to South Florida.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to have such an important leader in our community.” Said immediate Past Chair and Dinner Gala Chairman, Aaron Perry, “Dr. Sidener’s commitment to excellence has elevated Miami Beach Senior High to unprecedented heights including their latest accomplishment of being named an “A” school.”

Dr. Roseann Sidner was appointed principal of Miami Beach Senior High in April 2007, and has brought the school’s academic performance from a letter “D” to a letter “A” by the state of Florida. Dr. Sidener has made Miami Beach Senior High School one of the best schools in Miami-Dade County by introducing new programs such as the International Baccalaureate School in March of 2010 and the Scholars Academy. These initiatives habe given Beach High a new academic standing, along with a new image after the completion of a lengthy renovation process. To add to the re-branding of Miami Beach Senior High, Dr. Sidener also incorporated uniforms for students.

Dr. Sidener has a passion as an educator, having work in several institutions in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with experience ranging from assistant principal and principal in various Miami-Dade communities, from West Kendall to Little Havana, Overtown and Miami Beach.

Sidener is a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, who began her career as a music teacher, and then completed her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Under the leadership of Dr. Sidener, the Beach High faculty and administration used creative tactics to tackle a diminishing school budget implemented by the State, by creating new programs to enhance each students potential and by preparing them for college level education and the work force. Dr. Sidener fulfills the school’s vision to “develop a culture of success by nurturing life-long learning and values conducive to active participation in the global community.”

Since the award’s inception in 1987, the Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award designation has been bestowed upon this community’s leading corporate and civic leaders including Tracy & Alonzo Mourning, and Dr. Barth Green.

This year’s recipient has presented the City of Miami Beach with immeasurable progress in the areas of education, art and culture. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is honored to present the Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Rosann Sidener at the 90th Annual Gala for all of the dedication she has shown to the students and future of this community.

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