Evonne S. Alvarez is the District Director of Curriculum for School Choice and Parental Options at Miami–Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). M-DCPS is the fourth largest school district in the country, leading the nation in programs that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, innovative curriculum, desegregation & diversity efforts, and parental & community involvement through its 384 Magnet programs. As the project director for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant funding year 2017, her primary responsibilities include the STEM Pathways Project’s design, implementation, and program sustainability.
Her vast leadership experiences throughout the past 24 years have given her an exceptional vantage point in today’s educational arena. She is a dynamic leader who has served as faculty, assistant principal, and principal in both middle schools and high schools increasing academic achievement in all settings. As an assistant principal over curriculum for the International Baccalaureate Programme at Coral Gables Senior High School, as well as the lead innovator in the development of magnet design at South Dade Senior High School during the 2005 MSAP grant-funding year, Ms. Alvarez had a profound impact on program development, its integrity, as well as student achievement. Over the past 18 years, her range of administrative experiences, including working in underserved communities has defined her as a transformational leader. As the principal of Campbell Drive Middle School, a Title I school under Florida State monitoring in 2007, she was instrumental in school improvement efforts as the school grade increased from an “F” to a “C” within one school year.
She later served in two of the most prestigious schools within the local community; in 2010 as principal at South Miami Middle Center for the Performing Arts, and 2012 she was appointed principal of the nationally recognized magnet high school New World School of the Arts. Her charisma, work ethic, inspirational motivation, and ability to develop stakeholder relationships encouraged a concerted effort between faculty and staff to elevate New World School of the Arts into an academic powerhouse as well as an authority in the arts world. She expanded higher-level course availability through College Board Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes making students from New World School of the Arts choice candidates for some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. This exemplary institution of learning earned Magnet Schools of America National Certification and National Demonstration status in 2017.
Currently, in her role as Project Director for the MSAP grant 2017, Ms. Alvarez has revolutionized the learning environments to promote project-based learning at partner sites, such as Zoo Miami and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Besides encouraging innovative learning opportunities within the traditional school setting, she has redesigned the learning space to resemble authentic learning environments. Through collaborative learning spaces, professional grade equipment, state of the art computers, industry standards curriculum, certifications, internships, and mentorship programs, she has ensured students will be competitive in career prospects as well as entrance to top college programs. Schools benefit from her expertise which extends from curriculum alignment, delivery of professional development, and strength in developing partnerships for Magnet program support. She has an unduplicated ability to observe, analyze systems, procedures, and data to identify areas of weakness and provide solutions to increase efficiency in educational practices. As an advocate for choice programs, she seeks opportunities to ensure equity, access, and excellence in public education.
Ms. Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Behavior and Social Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and is a Doctoral Candidate at the William & Mary College of Education in Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.