Veteran educator, Christina McPherson, will be the next Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, according to Monroe County School District Superintendent Theresa Axford. McPherson, who is the current principal of Key West High School, will take over the role beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.
McPherson is no stranger to district administration, having served as MCSD’s Director of Assessment and Accountability from 2011-2014. McPherson’s knowledge and experience in the development, implementation, and supervision of curriculum instruction, as well as her passion for focusing on the “whole” student, makes her the ideal candidate to continue the innovative leadership set forth by her predecessors.
Superintendent Theresa Axford commented, “Christina’s breadth of experience will be an asset in this role. As a former Elementary, K-8 and High School principal, she is uniquely qualified to understand the needs of students and administrators. Her leadership will help in our continued pursuit of maintaining our status as a top performing school district in the state. I look forward to working with her.”
As Director of Assessment and Accountability, McPherson facilitated the district’s first ever Southern Association of Colleges and School Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) which ensures a standard of quality among credits, courses and grade level placements between schools and universities around the world. McPherson received District Instructional Leader of the Year honors in 2012-2013, served on the Florida Department of Education’s Leadership Academy, and the FLDOE Clinical Education Redesign Team.
“I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to continue to serve the students and families of Monroe County,” McPherson stated. “I have the honor of working with amazing educators who work tirelessly to provide our students with the best possible educational experiences that lead to growth and future opportunities.”