Six alumni from the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have recently been hired by local schools. Heidi Keegan, a 2012 graduate from the Masters in Educational Leadership program has been hired as an Assistant Principal at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda. Dave Masony, a 2011 graduate of the Masters in Educational Leadership program was hired by Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, also as an Assistant Principal. Neil Armstrong Elementary School hired Grace Shepard as an Assistant Principal. Grace graduated in 2012 with her Masters in Educational Leadership. Valley Hayes, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, was hired to a full-time teaching position with Toledo Blade Elementary School in North Port. Manatee High School has hired Melissa Gagnon as Assistant Principal. Melissa graduated in 2009 with her Masters in Educational Leadership. Lastly, Amanda Semrinec, who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2011 was hired to teach 6th grade math at Manatee School for the Arts.
“We are so proud of all of our graduates,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “I think it speaks volumes about our program to hear that students who graduated two and three years ago are reconnecting with faculty as they look for jobs and that the faculty are more than willing to be references for these students. A University level education is about so much more than what happens in the classroom.”