V.I. Department of Education Launches USVI Leadership Academy

Commissioner of the Department of Education Dionne Wells-Hedrington

Commissioner Dionne Wells-Hedrington Ed.D. of the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE), and Chief Turnaround Officer Maria Tirado Melendez, Ph.D. have announced the inauguration of a groundbreaking Leadership Academy in the U.S. Virgin Islands for V.I. Department of Education’s senior cabinet members, state directors, assistant directors, principals, assistant principals, and district coordinators.

This innovative initiative aims to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders within the community.

Supported by the expertise and collaboration of the National Academic Educational Partners, the Leadership Academy will offer participants a comprehensive curriculum spanning 10 intensive sessions. These sessions are meticulously designed to cultivate essential leadership skills and empower individuals to thrive in their respective roles and contribute meaningfully to the progress of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Commissioner Wells-Hedrington expressed her enthusiasm about the project, saying, “Investing in leadership development is pivotal for the growth and sustainability of the VIDE and our community. This academy is an unparalleled opportunity for individuals to harness their potential and drive positive change.”

Chief Turnaround Officer Melendez-Tirado emphasized the importance of effective leadership, saying, “Leadership is the cornerstone of progress. By equipping individuals with the necessary skills and insights, we pave the way for a brighter future in our region.”

The National Academic Educational Partners is a leading institution dedicated to advancing education through strategic partnerships and innovative programs. This initiative underscores the commitment of Commissioner Wells-Hedrington, Maria Melendez-Tirado, Ph.D. and the National Academic Educational Partners to foster a culture of leadership excellence in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information of inquiries about the Leadership Academy, contact: Maria Melendez-Tirado, Ph.D., at maria.melendez@vide.vi