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Updated: 02/14/2013 08:00:24AM

Butler named top innovative principal finalist

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Christine Roslow

Three Spessard L. Holland Elementary students were accepted into an art show for K-2 students. It was the Free to Be Me art show sponsored by the Polk Museum of Art on Saturday, Jan. 12. The students are, from left, kindergartner Taicen Taguri, second grader Ashton Hubbard and second grader Ryan Peavy. In the top row is art teacher Sonya Johnson and Spessard L. Holland Principal Melody Butler.

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Spessard L. Holland Elementary principal Melody Butler was recognized as a finalist for the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders Innovative Principal of the Year Award at the Florida Educational Technology Conference Jan. 29. Butler was one of three finalists from school districts in the state chosen to compete for the award.

She was named for her commitment to making sure technology is infused seamlessly in classrooms and hiring highly effective teachers who continue to embrace 21st century learning opportunities created by the evolution of technology. From the moment Spessard L. Holland Elementary opened its doors in 2009, Butler has led the school along a path that utilized state of the art technology to enhance curriculum based in STEM, the Polk County School District said. In 2011 and 2012, the school received a gold star designation through the district Shining Star Awards Program recognizing it for effective technology integration and “Best in Show” at the Polk County Video Awards.

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