Emily Harrison, Assistant Principal at Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS), has been selected as the 2010-2011 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for the state of Florida.
Her selection was announced at the Commissioner’s Summit for Principals being held today in Orlando. Ms. Harrison was one of three finalists named by the state last November. As the statewide winner, she received a $2,500 award, $750 for her school and a plaque.
This annual awards program honors assistant principals who have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships with parents and community members.
“We are very proud and happy for Emily, but I am not surprised,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “Ms. Harrison represents the many outstanding and dedicated individuals who serve our children as Assistant Principals.”
Ms. Harrison has served as the Assistant Principal of FCMS since 2006. She initiated a Middle School Best Practices Symposium for the district, and the district is now in the process of expanding the symposium to include more grade levels, as well as a virtual component.
During the 2005-2006 school year Ms. Harrison worked as a gifted teacher at Cunningham Creek Elementary School. Prior to that, she served as a substitute teacher for the school district and volunteered at Julington Creek Elementary School while completing her master’s degree at the University of North Florida. She also has six years of elementary school teaching experience in Florida and Georgia.
As Assistant Principal, Ms. Harrison assisted in developing a Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) program to address the needs of high achieving students at her school. She was instrumental in implementing the skills she learned in Capturing Kids’ Hearts to further develop a climate of caring at Fruit Cove Middle School and applied strategies to increase learner outcomes across achievement levels, resulting in increases in both classroom assessments and FCAT scores.
Ms. Harrison has been involved in community outreach programs and service learning projects such as the “Joy Fund” to assist families in need during the holidays, an Honorary Veterans Day Assembly for students and community, and a Hearts for Haiti relief initiative.