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Principal Honored with Award for Academic Achievement; Student Receives College Scholarship

Palm Bay, FL – The excellent academic work taking place at Riviera Elementary in Palm Bay is being recognized by a state organization that is focused on student achievement data.


Riviera Elementary principal Mary Beth Myers has been honored with a 2023 Principal Leadership Award by Florida TaxWatch, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government, and taxpayer research institute.


This week, Principal Myers received her award during a ceremony at Riviera Elementary School. As part of the award, Principal Myers could nominate one student from her school to receive a two-year Florida Prepaid College Scholarship.


Principal Myers picked 5th-grade student, Jefferson, for the scholarship. Jefferson’s parents were in attendance and all three were shocked (in a good way) to learn he was the recipient of the scholarship.


Since Principal Myers arrived at Riviera Elementary, student data shows Riviera has seen an upward trend in all areas of proficiency, resulting in an informational school grade of a “B” for the 2022-2023 school year. Riviera Elementary is also one of the few Title I schools with no subgroups performing below the Every Student Succeeds Act federal index.


As a leader, Principal Myers believes in her students and their ability to learn and academically excel. As a result, she sets high expectations for both her teachers and her students and holds them accountable for doing what is necessary to succeed. Principal Myers is also an expert at utilizing data to identify areas of strength and areas of improvement and adjusting resources, instruction, and supplemental support accordingly.


Principal Myers believes in her staff and their professional knowledge. She values them as experts in the field and constantly seeks their input and provides them with the support needed to do their jobs successfully. 


The staff at Riviera know the difference they can make in a student’s life. They will do whatever it takes to ensure that all students are supported in reaching their potential. 


School Board members Katye Campbell and Jennifer Jenkins, Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, and BPS Elementary Directors Katrina Hudson and Dr. Carol Mela attended the event, along with Riviera staff and students.


Florida TaxWatch organizes its annual Principal Leadership Awards (PLA). Established in 2013, the prestigious award is given to nine different principals across the state in schools with a large population of at-risk students who have outperformed other schools with similar demographics through the meaningful impact they have made on the students they serve. Florida TaxWatch selects its PLA winners through weighted data collected from the Department of Education.


The only program of its kind in the nation, the PLA selects three principals each from Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, whose leadership skills have made a difference not only in the lives of their students but in their communities as well.


Last year, Mike Mahl of Palm Bay Elementary School was honored, and in 2021, Dr. Rachel Roberts took home the prize for her impact at Columbia Elementary. In 2020, Riviera won under the leadership of Kori Hurst.


Posted 2.22.24