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Mrs. Aleli Vazquez holds a Master of Arts in School Administration and Supervision and is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership. She has over 15 years experience in both public and private education.

Mrs. Vazquez began her career in Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. She spent many years in the classroom as a Kindergarten teacher holding a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.   In   2012   she relocated with her husband to Florida. Mrs. Vazquez joined the administration team at Meadow Woods Elementary as school principal in 2016, after serving as the Assistant Principal at Apopka Elementary.

Mrs. Vazquez values continued education and as such has attended the following Harvard Institutes: Turnaround Leaders, New and Aspiring Leaders, Urban School Leaders, and Family Engagement in Education. She is also affiliated to the following institutions: Orange County Association of School Administrators (Board Member), Florida Association of School Administrators, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Her education philosophy is that every child is deserving of high-quality education facilitated by a caring and knowledgeable adult. Instructional strategies need to accommodate different learning abilities and meet the needs of individual scholars. Education needs to be engaging, creative, rigorous, and innovative. The school is the heart of the community and it is imperative to have strong bonds with the families and the community to lead scholars to reach their maximum potential.

Mrs. Vazquez is very proud to be a part of the Manatee family, and would like to share these facts about Meadow Woods Elementary:

  • Vision: To ensure every student has a promising and successful future
  • Mission: With the support of families and the community, we create enriching and diverse pathways that lead our students to success
  • We foster a culture where scholars, families, community, and staff work together as a team to create the best learning environment.
  • Our teachers utilize a variety of instructional strategies that consider different learning styles, ability levels and social-emotional needs of our scholars in student- centered, culturally responsive, culturally relevant, and equitable learning environments.
  • Our instructional style promotes creativity, innovation, and passion for learning, with high expectations for every scholar and a demand for academic rigor. 
  • We are a trauma-informed school. Our staff is trained to meet the social-emotional needs of our scholars and teach our scholars how to self-regulate and communicate their emotions.
  • Our school adopted the House System, which provides scholars with a culture of belonging. This system also builds a culture of community that strengthens the social and academic performance of our scholars. Every adult and child on campus belongs to one of our four houses:
  • Creatores (Creativity)
  • Ducibus (Leadership)
  • Sapientis (Wisdom)
  • Uirtus (Excellence)
  • Houses meet on a monthly basis to learn about leadership skills, character building, commitment, and to celebrate one another. We have four houses but we are one family.


    In her spare time, Mrs. Vazquez enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, and spending quality time with her family.

    Welcome, we are the Manatee family!


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