- Laurel Oak Elementary
FAREWELL MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE FROM DR. PATTON
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Dear CCPS Family,
It has been a genuine honor to serve the students, families, and this beautiful community.
I am extremely proud of the work we have collectively accomplished during the last 12 years bringing the school district to its pinnacle of success, rising to 5th highest performing district in the state of Florida.
Earlier this year, I announced my decision to make this my last year as superintendent. Now is the ideal time for me to depart as I welcome a brand new year filled with opportunities that will allow me to build and support other leaders and districts across the nation, including our own school district.
It has been the highlight of my professional career to serve as your superintendent and add value to this wonderful community. I cherish all the memories spanning the first days of school, Friday night lights, STEAM Expo, CCPS 5K, creating and expanding career and technical education programs, entrepreneurship, engineering, Cambridge, expanding the arts to now include theatre across all middle and high schools, the importance of recognizing the leader in every child, and engaging in the greatest milestone for all students -- graduation. This has truly been a labor of love!
It has also been an honor to work alongside numerous community organizations, serve on local boards, and engage and participate in a variety of community-building events throughout all of Collier County.
Collier County Public Schools has a wonderful, dedicated, and talented group of employees who always put the best interest of our students first. We also have some of the most remarkable students who continue to achieve and bring much recognition to themselves, our schools, and community. I am grateful to have been associated with such an amazing school district of outstanding students, staff, parents, administrators, volunteers, and community partners.
Collier County Public Schools is well-positioned to move forward and continue advancing achievement for all students. I am excited to celebrate your future successes as I plan to remain here in Naples during this next chapter in my life.
Again, I thank all of you for your support, love, and the privilege to serve as your superintendent of schools.
Happy Holidays and best wishes to you in the New Year!
Dr. Kamela Patton