Kimberly Emmanuel will be in the captain’s chair as Miami Springs Middle School’s new principal.
Miami Springs Middle School is the third school in Miami Springs to welcome a new principal for the upcoming school year and with school having started last week, students are trading in their sandals and swimsuits for school uniforms and book bags.
This is Emmanuel’s first principal assignment at the middle school level, but she is more than ready for the challenge. For the past 10 years Emmanuel has been the principal at Poinciana Park Elementary. Emmanuel said her grassroots training came from her 10 years at the urban elementary school where she built and developed a magnet program for math, science and technology. Under her leadership the school earned an ‘A” more than once. Emmanuel’s leadership and experience seem to be a perfect fit for Miami Springs Middle and all of the new programs that begin this year.
“I am excited about this upcoming school year,” Emmanuel said. “We are implementing iPrep Math this year. This is a districtwide initiative for all middle schools. We are very excited about bringing that into the education program here. Students and parents elect to be a part of the program.
“We have a new academic building that I have designated for the iPrep Math and the new Cambridge Program. We are excited about the world-class Cambridge Program that is now here in Miami Springs. It will be like a seamless process for the community children. Students start Cambridge in elementary, and they can now transition to middle school as well as to the high school.
“Writing is one of the challenges here at Miami Springs Middle, so we are going to initiate the Write Score Program for our eighth-grade students. This will help them with the writing process. We will also be doing more professional development for our teachers.
“We are excited to have Christ Fellowship, a local church, housed here at our school. They have initiated a backpack food program for underprivileged students. They will help with volunteers for large events along with some beautification and landscaping they have done around campus.”
“We will have once-a-month security meetings and a zero-tolerance policy. Visitors must present an ID upon entry to the school. We have strict dress codes and a new hall pass system that ensures students are where they are supposed to be at all times. School security will be vigilant and on point.”
Miami Springs Middle School is no stranger to change. The teachers and staff seem to adjust well to the changing administration, as they have had quite a few principals over the past few years.
Javier Perez was principal for the past two years. Prior to Perez, Maria Mason was also there for two years. This year the school has a new assistant principal, Michael de Armas. De Armas was a teacher at Ronald Reagan Senior High School and now steps up into the role of assistant principal for the first time.
Miami Springs Middle School boasts many veteran teachers and the PTSA has a few veterans, too. This will be Susan Baan’s fourth year serving as PTSA president. She has also been on the PTSA board for the last seven years.
“Mrs. Emmanuel and I have already gotten together and planned some of our activities for the year,” Baan said. “So I am looking forward to an exciting and productive school year.”
Change is sometimes difficult, but sometimes change is good. The school has been able to benefit from the different gifts and talents that each administrator has brought to the table. Emmanuel brings a lot to Miami Springs Middle School. She has certification in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership, K-12. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami, and a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Emmanuel’s record proves that she has been instrumental in developing numerous innovative programs at her previous schools. She will be an asset to Miami Springs Middle School with her businesslike approach to administration and a proven track record for academic achievement with an excellent eye for the needs of each of her students.