Bernadette Pletcher, center, was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the State of Florida.

The State Board of Education has named Bernadette Pletcher of Palmetto's Tillman Elementary the Assistant Principal of the Year in the State of Florida.

“It is a great honor, one that I share with all of my colleagues,” Ms. Pletcher said. “This award speaks volumes about what we are able to achieve in Manatee County. I want to especially thank my principal, Marla Massi-Blackmore, for her strong leadership, and Superintendent Cynthia Saunders for providing the latitude that allowed us to achieve at a high level.”

Working in close collaboration with Ms. Massi-Blackmore and the teachers and staff at Tillman, Ms. Pletcher helped guide the Title I school in a small neighborhood in Palmetto to rise academically from an F grade in 2015-2016 to a B grade in 2016-2017. The school maintained its B grade in 2017-2018.

The Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improved school environments.

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