LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Wendy Ivory

Position: Principal
School: Academic Center for Excellence
School District: Orange County Public Schools
City, State: Orlando, FL

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Wendy Ivory was nominated by her colleague, Leonard Davis.

"I have known Ms. Ivory for the past several years and believe that she embodies the leadership characteristics of a model principal," said Davis. "Ms. Ivory’s contributions and positive impact on the students of Orange County Public Schools are what makes her a LifeChanger!"

Ms. Ivory has demonstrated a proven track record of increasing student achievement in Title I Schools by creating a positive culture and climate conducive to learning for all students. She previously served as principal of Ivey Lane Elementary School, where she improved their school grade from a “D” to a “B” during the 2016-2017 school year. After one year of success, Ms. Ivory was asked to become the principal of OCPS ACE K-8 School. This new assignment attests to the district’s confidence in her abilities to ensure that all students achieve at high levels in a nurturing environment.

Ms. Ivory works effectively with community partners to maximize resources for her students. While serving as principal at Ivey Lane Elementary, she ensured that each classroom had two adults for the purpose of providing students differentiated instruction to meet their unique needs. Additionally, she partnered with Universal Studios while serving as the principal of Eccleston to provide incentives for her students. Currently, she serves on the OCPS ACE Cabinet, where she collaborates with community stakeholders such as Valencia College, Boys and Girls Club, Orange Blossom Pediatrics, and the Rosen Foundation to equip students with the necessary skills and services to become productive citizens. Ms. Ivory’s interactions with the community have shown that she demonstrates the ability to work with multiple stakeholders to provide a variety of opportunities and supports for students and families.

In two years, she has turned around a failing school in one of the most impoverished areas from an F to a C. She always put students first and has made a lasting impact on their lives!

"Ms. Ivory is an outstanding principal and a dedicated professional. She has proven to be an exceptional leader, and she is most deserving of this award," said Davis.



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