Welcome to what will be an amazing year! I am Dr. Maria T. Rodriguez, the new principal of Miami Beach Senior High School and it is with great excitement that I join our amazing school of excellence! I hope be an essential member of our Hi-Tide family and work collaboratively to meet the needs of each child at our school while achieving our goals as a school and community! I have been an educator for 26 years in both the private and public school systems. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education, a certificate in School Leadership, and a doctorate in Science Education. I taught for 9 years in grades in multiple grades from pre-school through 5th grade. I have been an Assistant Principal for 7 years and a Principal for 10 years. I look forward to the high school experience where connections will be made to college and the world of work.
Congratulations to each member of the Hi-Tide family for the significant improvements noted in all curricular areas as evidenced by the results of the Florida Standards Assessments, Advanced Placement, End-of-Course, and International Baccalaureate examinations. The hard work, dedication and determination were evident! We are anxiously awaiting our school grade rating from the Florida State of Education.
As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, we will be working together at setting a strong mission and vision, setting high goals and standards, creating a plan on how to achieve our desired outcomes and successfully accomplishing our goals at Miami Beach Senior High! With the support of our Hi-Tide teachers, staff, administrators, students and parents, as well as the Miami Beach PTSA, Miami Beach Alumni Association, the City of Miami Beach and all of our supporters, we will accomplish our goals! Each Hi-Tide will be successful this year and will be a positive, productive and essential part of our school community!!!
This year’s theme is, “Together, we will be the change we want to see in the world! We will all work together to identify areas in need of improvement, devise a plan of action to initiate change, and lead by example as we become the change agents in our school and community. As Hi-Tides we are all committed to doing all we can to achieve our goals! We will strive toward educating our children in a nurturing, yet challenging way, where individual and collective talents and critical thinking skills will be encouraged. Together with much respect, tolerance, understanding, collaboration and hard-work, we will reach our goals and be a better and more compassionate community! We will be the change we want to see in the world!
Looking forward to an amazing year!
Maria T. Rodriguez, Ph. D.