Leader to Leader: Sharing Successful Business Practices

Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Council is implementing the Leader-to-Leader: Sharing Successful Business Practices initiative in 18 schools in Miami-Dade County. The purpose of the program is to provide assistance and support for principals assigned to schools with challenging student populations. The support centers around a business partner to focus on the entrepreneurial aspects of school leadership, and a successful retired school principal. Together, this team develops a plan to improve student achievement at the school. Data collected as a part of this project will be used to develop a “curriculum” to be used in the preparation of principals assigned to similar schools.

Participating schools include:

American Senior High
Luis Diaz, Principal
Ashley O'Ferrall
O'Ferrall Management Group
Arcola Lake Elementary
Vanady Daniels, Principal
Beverly Crawford, Insurance Agent
State Farm Insurance
Benjamin Franklin Elementary
Mary Gil-Alonso, Principal
LaTaryn E. Gay, Realtor Associate
Coconut Grove Realty
Broadmoor Elementary
Linda Klein, Principal
Robert Cheetham, Club Coordinator
Hialeah Miami Springs Rotary
Carrie P. Meek/Westview Elementary
Tracey Crews, Principal
Sonny Clayton, Sales Leader
South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District
Charles D. Wyche, Jr. Elementary
Dr. Barbara L. Johnson, Principal
Sylvia Ramos
Country Club Middle
Jose Fernandez, Principal
Dr. Derek G. Cousins, Optometrist
Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary
Dr. Susan T. Trauschke-McEachin, Principal
Mina K. Mandel
Fundraising for Schools & More, Inc.
Henry E.S. Reeves Elementary
Julian Gibbs, Principal
Danielle Moyal Waton,
Financial Services Professional
DBS Financial Group
Lakeview Elementary
Dr. Sharon Lewis, Principal

Faye Maturah
STEPS in the Right Direction, Inc.

Lars Gilbert / Alexandra Hernandez / Benny Salas
United Way Center Financial Stability

South Florida Urban Ministries, Inc.

Lawton Chiles Middle School
Nelson Izquierdo, Principal
Madison Middle
Renny L. Neyra, Principal
Lataryn E. Gay, Realtor Associate
Coconut Grove Realty
Miami Park Elementary
Sandra Banky, Principal
Dr. Scott Pearl, Optometrist
The Family Eye Site
Nathan B. Young Elementary
Raymond Sands, Principal
Bernard Cottle
Integrated Learning Trust
Palm Springs North Elementary
Maribel Dotres, Principal
JoAnn Pinna
Master Mechanical Services, Inc.
Van E. Blanton Elementary
Tangela Goa, Principal
Polly Thompson, Club Coordinator
Hialeah Miami Springs Rotary
Westview Middle
Robin Atkins, Principal
Patrick Range, Sr., Funeral Director
Range Funeral Homes
William H. Turner Technical High
Lavette Hunter, Principal
Luis Ulloa, Owner
LMU Engineering, LLC

For additional information about this outstanding program, please contact:
Dr. Gail Quigley, Program Director