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       Dr. Erica Wakefall            
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Dear C.J. Hicks Elementary School Family:

It is with great enthusiasm and falcon pride that I welcome you to the new school year, and it is an honor to join the C.J. Hicks family as your new Principal. I am very excited about partnering with you and learning about what makes our school community unique. 

As an 18-year veteran educator, I have had the opportunity to support teaching and learning at both the elementary and middle school levels through my service as a teacher for 9 ½ years and as an assistant principal for 8 ½ years.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Science degree in ESOL/Urban Education from Florida International University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

I believe that to whom much is given, much is required, and I have been provided for abundantly. I have a supportive husband, a beautiful eight-year old daughter, and an amazing five-year old son. As you can imagine, my family is my most proud accomplishment. I feel truly blessed that my family has now expanded to include all of you. You will always be welcome at C. J. Hicks and your input and suggestions are essential to our growth.

This school year, we look forward to consistently communicating and collaborating with you as we pursue academic excellence for all our students. We are committed to ensuring that we meet their individual learning needs in a positive learning and academically challenging environment, each and every day. We know that we are better together, and we want to show you through our beliefs, words, and actions that we truly value the home-to-school connection. Current research shows that when bridging these two worlds together, students perform better in school, teachers gain high self-esteem, and parents become empowered and invested in their children’s lives. 

Please be encouraged to show your support for our students, teachers, and staff by volunteering as often as you can, joining our PTA, and attending school and community events with pride. Together, we will continue to strengthen the partnerships that have already been established with our families, local businesses, and organizations. We will also create new learning experiences and opportunities for our students in order to enhance teaching and learning.  This challenging, yet rewarding work, is what will guide us each day as we prepare our 21st century students to successfully compete in a global society.

As Principal of C.J. Hicks Elementary School, it is my long-term goal to LEAD with both humility and confidence, LEARN alongside our dedicated and hard-working teachers, students, and staff and LOVE our school and its community.

With Falcon Pride,

Dr. Erica Wakefall, Principal
C.J. Hicks Elementary School