Monday, January 15, 2018

#ACYPLMacedonia in Florida -- Meetings at Madeira Beach Fundamental School -- with Principal Chris Ateek and PTSA President Jennifer Hunter

I was honored to be the State Host of the delegation of Macedonian political leaders for the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) in December, organizing a 6-day visit in December.

We visited with the Principal - Chris Ateek - and President of the PTSA - Jennifer Hunter - of Madeira Beach Fundamental School to talk education policy in Florida.  Two members of the delegation were deputy Minister for Education and Science in the Republic of Macedonia. Lots of great questions.

Pinellas County Schools is the seventh largest district of Florida’s 67 public school systems and 26th largest out of more than 16,000 districts in the United States.  2016-17 Budget: $1,502,473,821 (Operating Budget: $928,285,040), enrollment PK-12: 103,242 and adult general education: 18,441, Pinellas Technical College: 5,172.

Madeira Beach Fundamental School consistently is ranked one of the best public schools in the state of Florida, and there is always a long waiting list to apply for one of the coveted slots.  The dynamic leadership of the principal, the devoted teachers and staff, and the highly engaged PTSA make this an example of the excellent education public schools can and should provide.

For more about Pinellas County Schools, see
For more about Madeira Beach Fundamental School, see
For more about ACYPL, see
enjoyed our visit to another beautiful waterfront campus


I spied "Ursula" as she was getting ready for "The Little Mermaid," the American Stage production for Middle School Drama (after school program)
I was so glad my daughter had the opportunity to meet the delegation, if only briefly. She absolutely loved our time living and working in Macedonia - and she can't wait to return.

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