Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent, Alberto M. Carvalho was named Florida’s Superintendent of the Year.
Carvalho is responsible for overseeing Miami Dade County’s public school system.
The announcement was made on Wednesday at a conference in Tampa.
“Alberto is not only an exceptional superintendent with a proven track record of success; he is a true servant leader committed to educational excellence and he is very deserving of this award,” said Senator Bill Montford.
Carvalho has led Miami-Dade Schools for five years and has helped reform many issues including school performance grades, education funding and children of undocumented parents.
He also helped high schools that were threatened with closure by the State of Florida. Many of the schools were transformed from D and F schools into A, B, and C schools.
“This has been a wonderfully gratifying experience, to be recognized for the work that I have so passionately enjoyed during my career with Miami-Dade Public Schools,” Carvalho said in a tweet posted to his Twitter account.
Carvalho was also honored with a Broad Prize for Education in 2012 for helping close the achievement gap for Miami-Dade’s minority students.