The top Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)
administrators were recognized Monday evening during a live-streaming ceremony
on Facebook of the annual Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year awards.
Rafael A. Villalobos, the charismatic and innovative
leader of John A. Ferguson Senior High who has helped shape the lives of
thousands of students throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools for more than
20 years, has been named the 2020 Principal of the Year.
Following his basic philosophy of putting students
first, Villalobos’ love and passion has resonated in every school he has led.
His leadership has yielded major impacts, as evidenced by substantial increases
in graduation rates, academic performance, and in the pioneering of innovative
Villalobos will receive a $2,000 cash prize, a
three-year car lease sponsored by Toyota of North Miami, and a special gift
basket valued at more than $2,000.
The runner up is Leon Maycock, principal of Miami Edison Senior High School. He will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Lamar Johnson, an
assistant principal at Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary was named Assistant
Principal of the Year. Johnson began his career in 2008 as a Miami Teaching
Fellow. He will take home $1,500, a
55-inch TV from Toyota of North Miami, and a special gift basket valued at more
The runner up is Celethia
Passmore-Mack of Dr. Manuel C. Barreiro Elementary. She will receive a $600
Click here for
video messages from the winners.
The annual event was sponsored by the Dade Association of School Administrators (DASA).
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