Dr. Contessa S. Bryant:
Embracing Girl Power Through Education!
T. Alan Armstrong once said, “If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” This quote encapsulates Dr. Contessa S. Bryant’s journey as an educator.
A proud product of Miami-‐Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida earning her advanced degrees from NOVA Southeastern University, a Master of Science degree in Reading, an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership. Her expertise in teaching pedagogy and reading content led to a series of assignments in the area of reading coach and curriculum support specialist.
Although she has many years of administrative experience, this is her first year as principal of Lenora B. Smith Elementary one of Florida’s most challenged schools. However, she realizes and embraces the fact that, education today has the power to change the course of a family in every possible way. This is not just a deep seated belief; she knows this to be true as the granddaughter of a woman with a third grade education and the daughter of a teen mother. Standing proudly on their shoulders, she does the work as principal with clean hands and a clean heart. “Working in schools that service low socioeconomic communities causes me to take the work I do in a more serious nature. Educating children of poverty, inspiring them to achieve, causing them to believe in themselves and to hope again has changed the very face of communities. I am passionate about sharing with stakeholders the potential that lie within their work.” And it shows in the programs she has implemented in this year alone which include an Art Club, Science Club, Reading Club, Drama and Music programs Recreation Room and Girls After School Academy. The Embrace Girls Foundation’s All Girl All Power! After SchoolAcademy provides positive social experiences, life skills, character building training, academic tutoring, and cultural exposure for young girls with a particular interest in serving those who are at risk. “It’s crucial for girls to understand who are they are, to be confident and ambitious and be inspired by mentors. I embrace that hope for all my students – yes, construction is underway!”
Watch for Martin Amado’s “Room for Improvement” Makeover of the Embrace Girls Foundation “Glo’s” Room at Lenore B. Smith Elementary School on Friday, April 19, 2013 on WSVN Channel 7, 10:00pm. Makeover sponsored by Herb and Gloria Barker, Barker Animation and Art Gallery