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Introducing HELA cohort II, these leaders see the need to challenge the prevailing wisdom, eliminate systemic barriers and create opportunities for all students to achieve at high levels.

Introducing members of this year's Hillsborough County Public Schools Executive Leadership Academy

December 12, 2019 - Employee Excellence

Now introducing to you, the newest members of the Hillsborough Executive Leadership Academy (HELA), Cohort II :

Milady Astacio, Tamara Brooks, Greg Cannella, Delia Gadson-Yarbrough, Anthony Jones, Dina Langston, Jazheel Lenegar-Brown, Rachael O’Dea, Andrew Olson, Patricia Royal, Danielle Shotwell and Ovett Wilson.

The purpose of Hillsborough County Public Schools Executive Leadership Academy (HELA) is to recruit, hire, and develop a strong cohort of district leaders to serve in executive leadership roles in our District.

Throughout this two-year program, participants will attend quarterly sessions with local and national experts. They will read and reflect on current research and literature, receive mentoring and support a district-wide change strategy.

“This cohort of amazing leaders have excelled in their areas and want to take on greater responsibility. These leaders see the need to challenge the prevailing wisdom, eliminate systemic barriers and create opportunities for all students to achieve at high levels. They will continue to strengthen their leadership skills while engaging in deep rich experiences that focus on system-wide leadership,” said Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools.  

The Cohort II kick-off took place on December 11th, and now the work begins with each participant working in collaboration with their local mentor. They will develop an executive presence, manage complex situations, lead district initiatives, influence and drive change, embed innovation and look at our district as part of a broader community.

Their work will play an integral role in our district’s comprehensive strategic plan.

Congratulations to these twelve leaders!