Susie Bello, M.S. Ed. Principal Tracy Rodriguez Asst. Principal Ms. Valladares Asst. Principal Susie Bello has over 15 years of experience in education as a Teacher, Department Head, Mathematics and Science Instructional Coach, Curriculum Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Mrs. Bello began her educational career as an elementary teacher and department head in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She was then recruited to become a curriculum support specialist for the district supporting 10 elementary schools and K-8 centers. She was paramount in transforming low performing schools to meet the needs of twenty-first century learners through use of technology and strategies for creating a positive culture. She was part of Superintendent Carvalho’s team that succeeded with zero F schools in the M-DCPS district. This experience led her into an administrative position with AcadeMir Charter Schools, Inc. Mrs. Bello served as the Assistant Principal and Mathematics and Science Instructional Coach at AcadeMir Preparatory Academy (APA) and AcadeMir Charter School Middle (ACSM). In her time there, ACSM became an A rated high performing school and APA made huge gains and had academic success. She assisted both schools with receiving SACS/COGNIA Accreditation. More recently, Mrs. Bello opened AcadeMir Charter School of Math and Science, an elementary school in Homestead, FL. She is now the proud principal of AcadeMir Charter School West located in Miami, FL. Mrs. Bello graduated Magna Cum Laude with a master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University and with the distinction of being placed on the Dean’s List. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University. Tracy Rodriguez has over 11 years of experience in education, and has been at AcadeMir Charter School West since 2019. She has a bachelor’s from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and is a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. Mrs. Rodriguez began her educational career in Miami-Dade as a first-grade teacher. She spent many years teaching third grade and fourth grade gifted and advanced learners, as well as other exceptional students. Rodriguez has held the position of Science Department Chair, Grade Level Department Chair, and Math Lead, which allowed her to collaborate and support instruction across multiple grade levels. She assisted with the development of multiple committees and fundraising programs. In 2017, Mrs. Rodriguez was given the opportunity to further assist and influence the lives of her students when she accepted the position as Dean of Students in a lower socio-economic charter school. At that time, she acted as Title I Facilitator, Professional Development Liaison, and Project Up-Start Liaison. Mrs. Rodriguez recognized that there was a serious need to meet her students’ basic needs, especially of those in transitional housing, and established imperative partnerships with clothing programs, tutoring resources, and food backpack programs to ensure the health and safety of her students beyond the classroom and schoolhouse. In 2021, Mrs. Rodriguez became the Assistant Principal of AcadeMir Charter School West, where she assisted with the addition of the Middle School and our Cognia Reaccreditation. It is part of her mission to promote academic excellence and the value of character education. Mrs. Rodriguez believes it is important to strive for success for all learners by focusing on early intervention, without sacrificing rigor and enrichment, while instilling a profound love for learning. Mrs. Rodriguez is married and has two children. Both, her daughter and her son, attend AcadeMir Charter School West and are proud to call themselves ACSW Tigers. Mrs. Rodriguez and her family are looking forward to their future with ACSW, as well as the esteem that comes from being a part of the AcadeMir Organization. With over 16 years of experience, Ms. Valladares’ educational experience began after having earned an Associate degree in Elementary Education and an Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami Dade College. She then pursued a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a Master Level in Educational Leadership from Barry University. Ms. Valladares has been able to acquire a well-rounded level of educational expertise by holding positions in a number of different capacities, such as: elementary school teacher, grade level lead, science coach, STEM liaison, test chair and ESOL coordinator. Altogether these distinct roles and experiences have given her the opportunity to see the different facets of running an efficient and effective school. Ms. Valladares is a leader with a passion for building the capacity of both teachers and students. She has served as an elementary teacher and science coach for AcadeMir Charter School West since (put the year here). During her time, ACSW remained an A rated school with high-ranking achievements in the areas of science and STEM. More recently, Ms. Valladares supported the school in achieving Cognia STEM Certification in 2020 and Cognia reaccreditation in 2022. Ms. Valladares’ commitment to these reviews were the culmination of arduous effort and very thoughtful multi-year processes that included students, teachers and community members alike.