Marta Pérez: District 8 School Board Member

   

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PROFILE

Educational/Public Servant
, Community Activist/Teacher and Business Management Professional with more than thirty years of experience in Public Service and in the Private Sector.

Member of the Miami-Dade County School Board since 1998, eight years as an Elementary School Teacher, fifteen years as Co-Owner of an Airline Software Firm and many years of active Community Involvement.

Instrumental
in leading Miami-Dade School Board to adopt stronger ethics and accountability measures including establishment of Inspector General position and Ethics Commis­sion, resulting in nationwide recognition for the Board and in receiving National School Board Association Magna Award.

Board Member of the Children’s Trust since 2015 and appointed to the Board of Actor’s Playhouse and Miami-Dade County's Value Adjustment Board in 2016.  Past-Chair of the Executive Board of the influential South Florida Regional Planning CouncilPast-Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary of this prestigious council.  Member of the South Florida Regional Planning Council Investment Committee, Florida Regional Policy Board, and Florida Regional Planning Councils Association. Chair of the Women's Regional Coalition, for McCain for President 2008.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate
2013 St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership,
1996 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Master of Science Degree – Computers in Education,
1985 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Bachelor of Science Degree in Education,
1972 Florida Atlantic University, Davie, Florida

Awards

United Teachers of Dade: Recognition for Providing Outstanding Leadership on the Accountability of Public School Construction; Christians for Morality Caucus – Integrity on the Miami Dade County School Board and Recognition for Support.

National Association of Cuban American Educators (NACAE): Educator of the Year (Prestigious International Award).

Teachers for Better Education:
School Board Member of the Year.
                                            
League of Women Voters: Recognition for Good Ethics in Government and Community Involvement and Integrity in Leadership Award.

In the Company of Women:  Pioneer Award for outstanding women who have impacted our community in a positive way.

Dade Association of School Psychologists (DASP): Award for Exemplary Service.
                                            
Numerous Additional Awards: for Leadership, Public Service and Educational Leadership in support of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

ASSOCIATIONS

Florida Bar - May 2013

Florida School Board Association
(Certified Board Member)                                            

South Florida Regional Planning Council
(Served one term as Chair)

South Florida Consortium of Schools (Past President)
                                            
Archdiocese Board of Christian Formation
Greater Miami and Coral Gables Chambers of Commerce
                                            
National Association of Cuban American Educators
CAMACOL

LANGUAGES
Oral and Written Fluency in English and Spanish; Some French

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

1998 – Present                    
Miami Dade County Public Schools District 8

School Board Member

Five times elected to nine-person Board serving needs of Miami-Dade County Public School System, 4th largest in the nation with 466 schools, 365,268 pupils, 45,914 full and part-time employees including 20,319 teachers, and an annual budget of approximately $4.7 billion. Responsible for creating and setting District policy, and appointing a Superintendent of Schools.
                                            
Proposed initiatives to establish independent Office of Inspector General (first in Florida out of sixty-seven Districts) and create Ethics Advisory Commission in response to wave of land and other scandals in 1999, despite much Board reluctance. Office of Inspector General and Ethics Commission were acknowledged by the Grand Jury and the State Attorney’s Office for their role in uncovering recent teachers’ certification fraud, and Board won National Association of School Boards prestigious nationwide Magna Award.
                                            
Proposed other initiatives concerning Ethics and Accountability, as well as Educational Advocacy. These include creation of Whistle Blower’s Policy to employees who report wrong­doing, revising and updating the Parental Involvement Policy, creation of a Wellness Policy to address concerns of nutrition and obesity, recommendations to relieve School Overcrowding, and efforts to create District-wide position of Chess Coordinator and to expand Chess Programs to foster Student Achievement.
                                            
Served as Board Representative to Miami-Dade County School Site Selection Committee to review and advise on School District real estate purchases. In addition, serves as Leader, Board Representative and/or Participant on various conferences, workshops and seminars presented by National and Florida School Board Associations, School Readiness Coalition; Family and Community Involvement Committee and other organizations.

1996 – 1998                        
Community Council 10 (Zoning Board), Miami-Dade County
                                            
Elected Board Member / Chairperson
First Chairperson of largest of the councils, charged with responsi­bility for deciding area zoning issues. Initiated and led major anti-graffiti initiative that resulted in Public Service Campaign to stop graffiti.

Additional:

Appointed to the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Officials) Health Leadership Council (May 2010)

Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate (2010)

Appointed by Governor Bush (twice) and reappointed by Governor Crist to the South Florida Regional Planning Council, charged with responsibility of reviewing and advising local governments on South Florida land use planning and implementation activities in accor­dance with values of sustainability, connectivity and responsibility.                                  

Treasurer and Assistant to the President (83-98) for RPA
(Airline Software Firm).

Elementary School Teacher – Dade Public & Private Schools (72-79)

 

 

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