Ms. Pittman has many years of serving children and families in various roles as an educator, school leader, district leader and is the former Assistant Principal for Maxwell Elementary Middle School. She has served at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She led school-wide staff development based on data-driven needs assessments. Her staff development opportunities were offered through book studies, Professional Learning Communities, and monthly staff development trainings. She led the Multi-Tiered System of Supports team to ensure the needs of all students were met through innovative, supportive strategies. Ms. Pittman was also responsible for community outreach opportunities to ensure strong stakeholder relationships. In her position as Supervisor of Employment Services, she was responsible for maintaining the employee database. During this time, she developed an electronic system to process employment status information and changes. The team she led was also responsible for the onboarding process of new employees. While there, she also developed an online onboarding process.
In her previous role as Program Specialist for K-12 Mathematics she was responsible for establishing the District 5-year plan, for K-12 Curriculum Development, and for K-12 Mathematics Staff Development. She was also a district trainer for Making Standards Work, Ruby Payne’s Aha! Process, Professional Learning Communities, and was a Kagan Dynamic Trainer. Additionally, she was a featured speaker and presenter at state mathematics teacher and supervisor conferences, as well as the state instructional materials supervisors conference. She provided staff development through online course, Lead Teacher meetings, and traditional after school or summer sessions. Ms. Pittman was responsible to developing and maintaining K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Maps for district-wide utilization. As a teacher, Ms. Pittman has taught mathematics at the middle, high, and college levels. She believes that education is the not only the great equalizer, it is the gateway for each student to develop their individual potential. Only through opening doors to exciting and new learning adventures can students explore who they can grow to be.
Ms. Pittman began her career in the United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician while stationed at Naval Station on Andrew’s Air Force Base. After her Honorable Discharge, her educational journey began in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics at Winthrop University. She started her career as a Data Analyst, but eventually moved to Florida, where she began her education career. After several years in Ocala, Florida, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University. Her education licensures include certification in teaching Mathematics and Educational Leadership.
Mr. El-Shaakir began his educational career as a 4th Grade teacher at Northboro Montessori Magnet School in Palm Beach County, FL. He also taught 4th Grade at Miramar Elementary in Broward County, FL. After several years of teaching in traditional public schools, Mr. El-Shaakir transitioned to the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School in Pembroke Pines, FL where he taught 4th Grade and served as the grade level chairperson and afterschool director. In 2005, Mr. El-Shaakir relocated to Georgia and began teaching 5th Grade at Dunaire Elementary in Dekalb County, GA and finished his teaching career at Simonton Elementary in Gwinnett County, GA.
After ten years of teaching, he moved into administration and served as an Assistant Principal at Richards Middle School in Gwinnett County, GA. In 2014, Mr. El-Shaakir returned to his hometown of New Orleans and served as the Director of Students and Families at Mildred Osborne Charter School and later accepted an Assistant Principal position in Escambia County School District in Florida. Mr. El-Shaakir returned to New Orleans to serve as the founding principal at Travis Hill in 2016. In 2018, Mr. El-Shaakir joined New Orleans Louisiana Public Schools and served as a School Support and Operations Administrator. In this role, he supported schools across the city and served as Principal of Edgar P. Harney Elementary and Coghill Elementary.
Mr. El-Shaakir is excited to serve Maxwell Air Force Base as a Veteran of the United Stated Marine Corps. During his time in the service, he was stationed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and finished his service with an Honorable Discharge in Miami, Florida. During his time in the Marine Corps, he was awarded a National Defense Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
A graduate of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Mr. El-Shaakir holds an Associate in Arts from Miami-Dade College, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida Memorial University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and an Educational Specialist in Performance-Based Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
Mr. El-Shaakir is the father of three adult sons, a novice gardener, avid runner, and cycling enthusiast.