MaryEllen Elia was appointed Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools in 2005. The district earned its first overall A grade after her first year in office, and has earned three more since.
Ms. Elia began her career as a social studies teacher in New York in 1970. In 1986, she relocated to the Tampa Bay area, becoming a reading resource specialist. She has served as the district’s first magnet schools supervisor, general director of secondary education, and chief facilities officer.
Her honors include the College Board’s Beacon Award, the Inaugural Governor’s Business Partnership Award from the Florida Council of 100, Florida Supplier Development Council CEO of the Year award, College Board’s Outstanding Leadership award, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents’ Award for Volunteer/Community Service, the Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Champion of School Choice, and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations’ 2007 Superintendent of the Year.
December 19, 2011 / MaryEllen Elia
This year for the first time, Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) -- an initiative that enables us to compare our students’ performance to students in other major urban districts, based
on the same benchmarks.
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September 02, 2011 / MaryEllen Elia
Here in Hillsborough County, Florida, we have been working on several fronts to change the way we hire, place, support, evaluate, and compensate teachers and principals. The work is exciting, challenging, and all-consuming.
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