Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on Monday visited two public schools in Hialeah to congratulate their principals, who were recently honored as being among the top six out of 3,000 high-poverty Florida schools for improving student performance in reading and math.
"This award means a lot to us because it is a very poor community," Carvalho said. "But children in Hialeah are outperforming other children in the state of Florida."
Accompanied by several Hialeah and schools officials, Carvalho went to M.A. Milam K-8 Center and Hialeah High, where he highlighted the work of principals Anna Hernandez and Verena Cabrera, respectively.
Both principals, along with Guillermo Muñoz, former principal of Westland Hialeah Senior High, were honored on the list of six best principals in the state.
"On this list of the top six, three were from Hialeah," Carvalho said.
School Board chairwoman Perla Tabares-Hantman said the assessment was conducted by the nonprofit organization Florida TaxWatch and Florida State University.
"As School Board chairwoman and representative of Hialeah, it is a great honor to celebrate this great event with the managers themselves," Tabares-Hantman said.
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez joined the entertainment and said he appreciated the teachers’ dedication and perseverance.
"I thank the superintendent, the School Board, all principals, teachers and administrators in Hialeah for making them the best schools in the state of Florida," Hernandez said.
Accompanying the mayor were Hialeah City Council President Isis Garcia-Martinez and council members Luis González, Lourdes Lozano, José Caragol and Paul "Pablito" Hernandez.
Verena Cabrera, who was recently promoted to the district’s administrative offices, said her school taught 2,800 students, about 700 of whom are learning English.
"I'm very proud of this distinction," Cabrera said. "In Hialeah High, many students who are learning English and students who have special needs are making academic progress and having success."