Teresa Stoupas took a public school that opened in 1958 and transformed it into Palm Beach County’s first-ever K-8 school just two years ago.
Today, enrollment is up 41 percent and the school earned a “B” letter grade from Florida’s Department of Education four years running -- all as a Title One school where 72 percent of students are economically disadvantaged.
These are just some of the reasons Stoupas is 2016’s Margie Davidson Leading Light award winner from SUNSPRA, the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association.
Stoupas accepted the award recently in Tampa at the 71st Annual Joint Conference of the Florida School Boards Association.
Stoupas took a school that was losing students to nearby charter and private schools and revived it into one of the district’s most popular schools.
Described as a “passionate educator, advocating for an arts-infused program,” Stoupas opened what is now called The Conservatory School, a place where students thrive in visual and performing arts. They even audition for premier seats in the school orchestra.
Stoupas also puts a premium on connecting with her community and parents, all while embracing the concept of telling their story, which now happens thanks to a vibrant website, weekly newsletter, and daily ‘Tweets chronicling the life of their school through student and teacher photos, videos and stories.
The Margie Davidson Leading Light Award recognizes individuals and organizations for providing outstanding support to public education. It honors the late St. John’s County communications director who championed the award process started in 2002.
Blackboard, a leader in school communication platforms, returned as the exclusive sponsor of this year’s award.