• Susan Wentzell, Riverview Woman's Club

A Glimpse Into Our Schools

The Riverview Woman’s Club February 2019 speaker was Debbie Talley, a Leadership Specialist with Hillsborough County Schools.

The mother of two and "Nana" to three more, Debbie began her career in education in 1989. Since that time, she has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, generalist supervisor, and her current position as a leadership specialist.

She's worked at schools including Lockhart, Palm River, Summerfield and Cimino. She's been at district level since 2012.

During the RWC luncheon meeting, she discussed the Hillsborough County School District and shared some impressive statistics including the most recent graduation rates of 85.8 percent vs. 73.5% just a few years prior. "Our goal is a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020," Ms. Talley said. "That improvement is worth a billion dollars to our community."

She also fielded questions from the group and discussed mentoring programs within the district.

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