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Principal's Message

Dr. Vazquez, Principal

Aleli Vazquez holds a doctoral degree in Higher Educational Leadership with a
completed dissertation on an Evaluation Of The Trauma-Informed Approach in One
Elementary Title I School. She has over 15 years of experience in both public and
private education. Dr. Vazquez began her career in Puerto Rico, where she was born
and raised. She spent many years in the classroom as a K-2 teacher holding a
Bachelor's in Elementary Education. In 2012 she relocated to Florida. After serving as
the Assistant Principal at Apopka Elementary, Dr. Vazquez joined the administration
team at Meadow Woods Elementary as a school principal in 2017.

Dr. Aleli 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 (Communications Chair)
 Florida Association of School Administrators
 Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (Legislative Chair)
 National Society of Leadership and Success

As a school principal, she was recognized in 2020 as the Orange County School
Counselor Association Elementary School Principal of the Year, and she earned the
Florida Department of Education Family and Community Involvement Award for her
school. She was also recognized as the Southeast Learning Community Principal of the
Year 2020. She also leads one of the district's trauma-informed model schools.

Her educational 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
community's heart, and it is imperative to have strong bonds with the families and the
community to lead scholars to reach their maximum potential.

Dr. Vazquez is very proud to be a part of the Manatee family, and would like to share
these facts about her school:
 We foster a culture where scholars, families, community, and staff work together
to create the best learning environment.
 Our teachers utilize various instructional strategies that consider different
learning styles, ability levels, and social-emotional needs of our scholars in the
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 demanding academic rigor.
 We are a trauma-informed school. Our staff is trained to meet our scholars' social-emotional needs 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.


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