DEN Principal Spotlight: Angie Torres, Christopher Marker, Leslie Ricciardelli, and Kimberly Robertson

The Discovery Educator Network recently asked its members to help shine the light on the amazing work principals were accomplishing at school sites around the globe. The nominations flooded in and we are excited to share the results with you.

Please take a moment to read through the great things happening in education today and congratulate these stellar lead learners.

Is there a principal you would like to nominate for recognition? Complete this form and we’ll feature him/her in our DEN Principal Spotlight series.


Angie Torres: Village Oaks Elementary, Collier County Public Schools
Nominated by Jamie Flatley
Award Title: PAWsome Support of “DE GURUS” at VOE

“Each and every step that a teacher takes at Village Oaks Elementary School (VOE) is either lead, guided or support from Ms. Angie Torres. She has truly accepted the great balance of being not only an administrator, but a colleague and a friend. Her support for myself and my journey through to become a Discovery Education Network Ambassador has been nothing but comforting and exceptional. Her enthusiasm and motivation helps me strive to better myself as a person and as a professional, in turn striving for the betterment of my students.” -Jamie Flatley


Christopher Marker: Lake Park Elementary, Collier County Public Schools
Nominated by Pam Moran
Award Title: Community, Environment and Science – The Collaborator!

“Mr. Marker has always been a collaborative administrator. His goals have reflected that. Recently, our native Chickee hut was in need of repair. Looking for a creative way to solve that problem, he found a partnership with the Everglades Foundation. Within this partnership is an opportunity for our teachers and students to access lesson plans and activities that teach our students about conservation and the ecology of the great wonder that is the Everglades. Our Chickee is being upgraded to a new and improved gathering place where teachers, students and the community can gather. We hope to hold the lessons that the Everglades Foundation provides us with under that Chickee. Thank you, Mr. Marker.” -Pam Moran


Leslie Ricciardelli: Lely High School, Collier County Public Schools
Nominated by Mary Marshall
Award Title: DEN Movie Star Principal

“Dr. Ricciardelli has been instrumental in fostering a partnership between Discovery Education, Lely High School and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida. This partnership is the driving force behind a marine science student film project that uses STEM to teach students real world skills. Through the leadership of Dr. Ricciardelli, LHS students consult with scientists, get digital story training from Discovery producers and consultants, and experience the amazing ecosystems of Southwest Florida. This year, the project will involve marine science students, dual enrollment environmental students and digital design students. This documentary short film project has inspired students to pursue careers in environmental and marine science. In addition, Dr. Ricciardelli is a DEN Star and has begun designing DE Boards to use as flipped faculty meetings. Thank you Dr. Ricciardelli for your commitment to STEM education!” – Mary Marshall
Here are last year’s top 5 student films


Kimberly Robertson: Vandalia Elementary, Guilford County
Nominated by Rodney Crouse
Award Title: Inspiring Leadership and Facilitating Growth

“Dr. Robertson goes above and beyond pushing her teachers to lead within the classroom, the school, the district, and beyond. She leads with compassion and conviction. No one gets a free pass. She finds our strengths and celebrates them in a weekly newsletter spotlight and then finds our weaknesses and individually helps us to grow in those areas through self sought professional development as well as connectedness with other teacher leaders in the area we need support. Dr. Robertson pushes for the entire staff to be on the same team and shows us what it is like to compromise with the children’s best interest at the heart of it all. I and many others are a better person because of her guidance, her influence, and her heart!” -Rodney Crouse


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