Miami-Dade County Public Schools has swept the Florida Department of Education’s top honors for principal and assistant principal in the state.
Pablo Ortiz, former principal of Miami Edison Senior High, was named the Florida Outstanding Principal of the Year. Denise Barrett-Johnson, assistant principal at Lake Stevens Middle School, received the same honor for assistant principals. Ortiz is now an assistant superintendent.
Tony Bennett, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, presented the two administrators Monday with checks - $5,000 for Ortiz and $2,500 for Barrett-Johnson - as well as money for their schools.
The sweep of the awards, which district spokesman John Schuster described as a first, comes on the heels of Miami-Dade winning the prestigious Broad prize and district teacher Alex Lopes being named as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.