Dr. Robert Avossa is the superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, which is the 10th largest district by enrollment in the US. Before Palm Beach County, he was superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, another very large district, so it goes without saying that Robert knows a thing or two about running a large operation. As an immigrant, Robert is very sensitive to the needs of minorities and English Language Learners in his district. As he explains, “My family moved to the U.S. when I was a little boy. English was not my first language. We came from Italy. I’m a naturalized American citizen, and I tried to use my story and my passion for the work to show kids that anything is possible in this country, and the way is through education.” He is a big proponent of offering personalized learning paths to individuals, a concept he brought with him from Atlanta. Palm Beach County offers the vast 200,000 student population over 300 choice programs for students and parents to choose. Different schools offer different programs and specialties, such as medical, cybersecurity, police, and firefighting in the form of academies that students attend. The result is thousands of kids being far more invested in their education than they would be in a traditional one-size-fits-all setting. Robert is a walking and talking American success story. Starting with his early beginnings as an immigrant boy from Italy, he has forged a career path through study, determination, and grit and is now making an incredible impact on the lives of thousands of kids and their families. About Dr. Robert Avossa Dr. Robert Avossa is in his third year of leadership of the Palm Beach County School District. The District is the 11th largest district in the country with a student enrollment of more than 193,000 students. The annual budget exceeds $2.4 billion and the District is the largest employer in Palm Beach County with over 23,000 employees. Dr. Avossa is a Broad Academy Fellow and a member of Chiefs for Change, an esteemed network of state and district education Chiefs. He serves locally on the boards for the American Heart Association, CareerSource Palm Beach County, Children’s Services Council, Criminal Justice Commission, and Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. Dr. Avossa is a University of South Florida graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Education and Behavior Disorders, as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Education. He earned his Doctorate Degree from Wingate University. Follow Dr. Robert Avossa on Twitter. You Might Be Interested In Unlocking Minds with Music Education The Changing Landscape of Education: An Interview with Sir Ken Robinson Now is the time: State Flexibility to Implement Competency Education Popular Share 0 FacebookTwitterLinkedinEmail Mind Rocket Media Group Since 2014, the Mind Rocket Media Group, as a strategic advisory and digital marketing communications company, has been working with authors, leaders, educators, change-makers, education organizations and edTech companies to produce insightful, engaging and thought provoking education content. previous post Riding the Big Data Wave to Feed the World next post Superintendent’s Unconventional Approach Paying Off for His District Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. * By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.