Educational Leadership students at USF Sarasota-Manatee in North Port to learn real-world experience from local administrators

On Thursday, March 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host a panel discussion in North Port of local public school administrators who have graduated with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the university.   The event will be held in Room 206 at USFSM’s Instructional Site in North Port, located at 5920 Pan American Blvd.

Current USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) students who are pursuing their degrees in Educational Leadership will have the opportunity to listen to real-world experience from educational leaders in the south Sarasota County school system.  Many of the students are currently teachers in public and private schools.

“The students in the Educational Leadership program often ask questions in class about how they can prepare themselves for administrative positions,” said Lynda Boyer, instructor in the College of Education at USFSM.  “Being able to talk to someone who has gone through it helps them have a clear understanding of the expectations.”

The Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at USFSM is a program designed to develop outstanding leaders, supervisors, and principals for local and national schools.  The USFSM North Port Instructional Site offers an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.  According to Boyer, many of the students who graduate from the program look forward to coming back to the university to talk about their experiences.

“We try to have relatively recent graduates of the program on the panel,” she said.  “Local administrators who have graduated in the past five years or so have a good understanding of what current students are going through, what the current market is like for administrators who are just starting out, and can give tips on what to expect.”

The administrators on the panel will discuss their typical day, the stresses and opportunities that come with the job, and why they are passionate about education.  Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and network at a reception following the event.

“Since most of the students currently work in the local school system, this event will give them the opportunity to make connections with administrators outside of their own schools,” said Boyer.

Panelists at the event include:

  • Derek Jenkins, Assistant Principal at Venice Middle School
  • Tomas Dinverno, Assistant Principal at North Port High School
  • Kent Miller, Assistant Principal at Fruitville Elementary
  • Adrienne MacElroy, Assistant Principal Intern at Vineland Elementary

For more information about the event, please call Katrina Anderson at or (941) 359-4334.