In the summer of 2016, I decided to take on a fresh new challenge and, to be honest, I was a little intimidated at the start. The opportunity had come up to serve as principal at Lake Park Elementary, a Title 1 school where just one quarter of students were proficient in literacy and the school was on the state’s list of the 300 lowest-performing schools—the need for an elementary school turnaround was clear. I wondered, “Do I have what it takes to effect meaningful change at this school?”

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  • About the Author:

    Michelle Fleming is principal of Lake Park Elementary School in the Palm Beach County School District in South Florida. Michelle has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in Title I Schools since 2001. Connect with Michelle on Twitter @LPE_Principal.