Each spring, I have the honor of watching thousands of Mobile County Public Schools students receive their high school diplomas. It’s an exciting time for our students, their teachers and their parents. It marks the culmination of 13 years of hard work and the beginning of a successful future.
This spring, Mobile County Public Schools experienced a graduation ceremony of its own, of sorts. AdvancED sent 18 educators here to study our district and visit our schools, providing 36 additional eyes on the hard work that we are doing here.
I am pleased to report that we received a very positive review from AdvancED, which recommended renewing our accreditation for five years. AdvancED evaluated our strengths and areas we need to improve upon and wrote a statement that sums up Mobile County Public Schools well:
“A diverse, supportive and community-based school system committed to the creation of learning opportunities for all children, energized by the notion of family and dedicated to the mission of graduating prepared and productive citizens.”
As I congratulate the Class of 2017, I would like to congratulate all of the district-level and school-level employees who participated in the AdvancED review.
It has been a busy year. We celebrated remarkable student achievements, including spelling bee and science fair winners, robotics championships, athletic awards and wonderful fine arts performances.
For the first time since 1994, we are home to Alabama’s Teacher of the Year, Chasity Collier of Dawes Intermediate School.
None of these successes would be possible without the efforts of our 55,000 students and the dedication of our 7,400 employees. It Starts With Us.