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December 1, 2021
Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) is excited to share that Dr. Kamela Patton has been named Florida’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS)! Dr. Patton was formally recognized today in Tampa during the joint meeting of FADSS and the Florida School Boards Association.
“I am deeply humbled and grateful to have been selected as Florida’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year,” says Patton. “It is a privilege to be chosen among a class of outstanding and dedicated superintendents in this state who are fiercely committed to ensuring access to academic excellence and opportunities for all students. This recognition is truly an honor personally, but more so, it reflects the outstanding achievements and tireless work of everyone who makes up Collier County Public Schools.”
Dr. Patton was appointed Superintendent of CCPS in June 2011 and is now in her 11th year leading our district—the 115th largest in the United States! Prior to taking the helm as Superintendent, Dr. Patton began her 34-year educational career at Miami-Dade County Schools, ultimately rising to the role of Assistant Superintendent of School Operations.
“Those who choose to pursue the path as a public school superintendent do so not for the glory, but rather the opportunity to make a positive difference in children’s lives. Dr. Patton exemplifies this passion and commitment each and every day and has a true passion and dedication to consistently make child-centered decisions that always put the best interests of students first,” states FADSS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bill Montford.
“Dr. Patton is not only an exceptional superintendent with a proven track record of success; she is a true servant leader committed to educational excellence and is truly deserving of this award,” adds FADSS President and Citrus County Schools Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel.
That track record of success includes:
  • Increased the graduation rate by 19.7 percentage points to 92.2% from 72.5%
  • Improved the district ranking to tie for 5th in the State from 33rd just nine years ago
  • Earned a district grade of “A” since 2017
  • Currently one of seven school districts to earn the “A” distinction for 2021
  • CCPS students outperformed the state average on 21 out of 21 tested areas the past school year
While this award celebrates the hard work and dedication of Dr. Patton, it is also indicative of the efforts and commitment of our students, parents, teachers, school leaders, District staff, and strong community support. Together, we can be proud of this achievement.
Congratulations to Dr. Patton and all our #CCPSFamily!
Collier County Public Schools
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School Board
Mrs. Jen Mitchell, Chair • Dr. Jory Westberry, Vice Chair
Mr. Erick Carter, Member • Mrs. Stephanie Lucarelli, Member • Mr. Roy M. Terry, Member
Dr. Kamela Patton
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