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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Maisha Copeland is Activities Director at Miami Carol City Senior High School, home to 1800 students and over 120 teachers proud to serve a population where 85% of the students receive free or reduced lunch and 82% graduate, despite being located in an area with the highest youth crime rate in South Florida, Maisha built the dance program at Miami Carol City from scratch and was part of the faculty that moved the school’s grade from “F” to “C.” Maisha was nominated for Teacher of the Year and was recognized by the mayor of Miami Gardens for outstanding achievement, participation, and implementation of programs that improve the quality of life of the students. She plans to open a performing arts school that will create an educational environment that promotes optimal learning for children and empowers teachers to teach at their highest level. This environment will focus on connecting the creative learning process to academic achievement and will develop a new generation of holistically educated individuals.