Pam Hightower, a longtime educator, filed the necessary paperwork last Friday with the Supervisor of Elections to run for Superintendent of Leon County Schools. Hightower filed as a Democrat.
The Tallahassee Democrat was the first media outlet to report her candidacy.
Current Superintendent Rocky Hanna filed earlier this year with a no party affiliation designation. Candidates have until the last day of qualifying in June to change their party affiliation.
Hightower has been a classroom teacher, a primary specialist, an assistant principal, a principal, McKinney Vento Homeless Coordinator, and Title I Director. She is currently a contracted mathematics consultant specializing in the Acaletics Mathematics curriculum with Leon County Schools.
Elaborating on a professional accomplishment, Hightower told TR that that with the “help of a dynamic and devoted staff….we were able to move the failing Wesson School from a letter grade of “F” to a letter grade of “B” in one school year; which in turn earned me the status of a Turnaround Principal.”
Hightower said “I am the candidate who is passionate about student achievement and the academic future of this district. It is my belief that every child is entitled to a quality education and is provided a chance to succeed. It is imperative that we as educators address the needs of the “whole child,” including their physical, emotional, social, and mental needs.