Picture of Dawn Massey receiving award

Dawn Massey, Florosa ES, Wins Florida Tax Watch Principal Leadership Award

Dawn Massey, Principal of Florosa Elementary School, was selected as one on this year’s nine Florida Tax Watch Principal Leadership Award winners.

The Florida Tax Watch established the Principal Leadership Awards program in 2014 to identify Florida’s most effective principals in high-risk K-12 public schools, recognize and reward their work, and promote their transformational practices throughout the state. The goal of the program is to improve student achievement in high-risk schools, thereby closing the achievement gap.

This unique initiative identifies principals around the state who have had the greatest impact on their students, in parts of the state where educational success can transform a community. Unlike more common awards programs, our annual winners are not nominated by colleagues, or school boards, or superintendents. In keeping with the TaxWatch research ethos of using data and evidence to recommend policy reforms, this awards program is Florida’s only data-driven principal recognition initiative.

The program analyzes student performance data over several consecutive years, and the results are weighted to find those principals making a difference in communities that need the attention the most.   

As winners, the nine principals will be honored at an awards dinner and ceremony at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando on the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2017. At this ceremony, Florida TaxWatch will select from the 3 elementary school principals, 3 middle school principals, and 3 high school principals, 1 “overall” winner from each grade band. Each overall grade band winner will receive an additional cash prize of $4,000.  In addition, each winning principal will have an opportunity to select, based upon criteria developed by Florida TaxWatch, one student from their school to receive a two-year Florida College scholarship.

"It is such an honor to receive this distinguished award," said Massey.  "Closing the achievement gap cannot occur without a highly effective team.  I am only as good as those that I surround myself with daily.  Pat Summitt said it best, 'Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results.'  I am so very proud of what we have accomplished at Florosa Elementary!"