Meet an FLVS Instructional Leader

We are celebrating the 2016-17 school year with a blog series featuring FLVS faculty and staff. Meet the creative and dedicated individuals who make every day a great day at FLVS!

5q-ilWhen you think of a school principal, you might imagine a friendly administrator grasping a walkie-talkie in one hand and fist bumping the students with the other – a warm and friendly figure guiding the school to success each and every day.

At FLVS, the role of the school principal or “Instructional Leader” is just a little different, but still with the goal of success in mind. In my 10 years of working with FLVS and the Instructional Leaders (ILs), the role of the schoolhouse administrators has changed and evolved into a powerhouse of leadership – ensuring success for both the instructors and students.

FLVS employs more than 1,000 instructors, both full-time and part-time. The sheer number of educators in our organization requires more than just one school principal. FLVS has more than 50 Instructional Leaders supporting instruction and student achievement. They are responsible for supervising, evaluating, and communicating with a large team of instructors, ensuring excellent student/parent customer service, promoting best practices in instruction, analyzing data, and so much more!

And, NO, these administrators do not wear superhero capes.

Instructional Leaders make sure that each of their dynamic instructors dons these capes while acting as their biggest fan. Standing proudly to the side while their teams of instructors guide their students to successful course completions and supporting their professional development.

Instructional Leaders are selfless and caring administrators who students rarely get to meet.

Today, I would like to introduce you to my Instructional Leader, Gisela Delgado.

delgadoWhat brought you into the field of education?

As a young child, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I asked my mom to buy me a pointer and teacher stamps and would use my old school workbooks to “teach” my little sister and dolls.

Who inspires you?

Early in my career, my students would inspire me. Once I moved into a leadership role, my students, teachers, and team members inspire me each and every day! I love working with my team by helping them stretch and grow professionally, which always drives us to student success. Our teachers’ dedication is amazing!

What are the best three things you think you’ve done since you’ve become an Instructional Leader with FLVS?

Wow! This is a tough one…

When I was assigned to my team, I was greeted by an experienced group of educators. I have learned SO much from them over the last two years!

Three things that I am proud of thus far are my schoolhouse trainings where our team collaborates and shares best practices while preparing for evaluations, our monthly walk-through calendar that helps teachers prepare for our monthly chats based on trends, and the overall increased student success.

What keeps you motivated each school day?

Each day that I can work alongside my teachers, coaching and encouraging them to continue striving for excellence motivates me! I love what I do and the professionals I work with. I am truly blessed!

How do you like to relax after a long day of supporting students and teachers?

I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family. During the weekends, we enjoy spending our days out on the ocean.

Why not ask your teacher(s) one of the 5 questions above?

Get to know the instructor (or Instructional Leader!) who is working for your success!


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Dr. Jeanne GiardinoDr. Jeanne Giardino, FLVS instructor, has a true passion for all things literacy. She enjoys the collaborative process in promoting reading in all aspects of virtual education. Having held a variety of positions with FLVS since 2006, she brings a global perspective to her current position. After 20 years in the field of education, she maintains a wealth of literacy knowledge and enthusiasm for student success.

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