I’m thrilled with Collier County’s choice of Kamela Patton of Miami to be the next superintendent of our public school district. I agree with everyone involved that the choice between Patton and current Collier Schools Chief Operations Office Michele LaBute was a really difficult one. Each candidate is incredibly talented and would serve us well. I’m looking forward to Patton’s arrival on July 1 and to watching how she engages the community. I have no doubt she will be great.
Since Patton comes from the Miami-Dade School District, which is the country’s fourth largest, I was especially interested in an article in today’s Miami Herald titled “Two Superintendents: One’s Star Rises; One Has Fallen.” The article compares Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Broward Superintendent Jim Notter – and Carvalho is the rising star.
Read these excerpts, and consider that Carvalho is currently Patton’s boss:
Elegantly attired in imported suits, sometimes accented with an Hermes tie, Carvalho quickly became a commanding presence at Miami-Dade School Board meetings. He speaks with confidence and authority from the dais. When board members have questions, Carvalho would rather answer himself than defer to a deputy. At least once each meeting, he works the room like the lobbyist he once was, shaking hands with audience members and greeting them by name.
Now that’s what I’d call a compliment.
Carvalho’s recommendation of Patton, included in her application packet, says:
… Over the years I have come to know Dr. Patton as a colleague who is committed to the best interest of students and the community as a whole. She possesses outstanding organizational skills, an ability to collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders, and the capacity to achieve success.
Dr. Kamela Patton is a student centered leader who recognizes that the most important mission of any school district is to maximize teaching and learning for all children. In my opinion, she is ready for the next level of leadership, and it is a pleasure to recommend her for this opportunity.
Wow. Recommended by a star.