Osceola County School District Superintendent Debra Pace has been named Community Vision’s 2018 Osceola County Outstanding Community Leader.
Osceola County Superintendent Debra Pace has been instrumental in leading the
Osceola County School District on its journey from good to great, according to a Community Vision press release.
She assumed the position of superintendent of the Osceola School District in March 2016, but she was no stranger to the Osceola School District. Pace has an extensive background in both instructional and operational leadership. She served as principal for Poinciana and Harmony High Schools and as deputy superintendent for secondary in the Osceola School District from 2003 to 2011. She also held the position of associate superintendent for human resources services division for Brevard Public Schools. As a lifelong resident and student, parent, teacher, and leader in the Osceola School District, she brought to the position both pride and passion to lead the school district forward and to serve the children in the community, the press release stated.
Fostering academic achievement within diverse cultures is an example of her leadership skills. Her goals include providing strong leadership to ensure that the school system functions effectively as a critical element, for not only student success, but also economic development, quality of life, and community pride.
Pace’s community involvement includes:
• American Association of School Administrators
• Harvard Graduate School of Education
• Osceola Legislative Effort
• STEM Alliance of Central Florida
• Leadership Florida
• Take Stock in Children Mentor
• Human Trafficking Task Force
• Osceola Education Foundation
• Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
• Community Vision Board of Directors
Her awards as superintendent of the Osceola School District include:
• Master Board Certification
• St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce – Good Government Award
Under Pace’s leadership Osceola was the only district in the State recognized for an increase in participation and performance in Advanced Placement courses for traditionally underserved students.