Member Spotlight




It has been my pleasure to serve on the BPAA Board since 2012. 

I am proud to be a product, parent and Principal in Broward County schools.  I attended Hollywood Hills Elementary, Attucks Middle, and Hollywood Hills HS.  I earned my Undergraduate degree in Community Psychology and Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  I began my career 21 years ago at Hollywood Central Elementary as a second grade teacher, then Reading/ Curriculum Coach, and Title 1 Coordinator.  In May 2000 on my birthday, I was given the best birthday present, a call that I was selected as the Assistant Principal at Maplewood Elementary. After five amazing years I was given the opportunity to become the Intern Principal at Liberty Elementary.  The last 9 years I have served as the Proud Principal of Maplewood Elementary. 

I have two children one recently graduated from Broward County Schools and currently attends UCF.  I also have a twelve-year-old son who is Autistic.  But that does not define him.  He continues to teach me life lessons everyday; he is the happiest most loving person I know. 

As a child I knew that I wanted a career that advocated for children. Working with and alongside professionals that positively impact children is a dream come true.  It is an honor and pleasure to learn, collaborate and support my colleagues through this organization. 


Previous Member Spotlight(s)



Mary Ellen Fowler is proof positive that school based administrators continue to be incredible contributions to their families, friends, and entire communities even after retirement.  As a long standing member of the BPAA Board of Directors and Past President of the Association, Mary Ellen continues to serve and to represent al Principals and Assistant Principals in the District.  She volunteers at Sheridan Park Elementary on a regular basis, working directly with kids. She is a power house in her own City of Dania, offering sage counsel local elected officials and community leaders. She serves on numerous Boards and contributes her wealth of knowledge to many charitable and worthwhile foundations.  We are blessed to have such an experienced professional serving on our Board and we thank Mary Ellen for her years of devoted service.

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Educational Leadership; Florida Atlantic University: August
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.E.); Secondary Education, English; Florida Atlantic University; June 1981
Course Work; Barry University, Montclair State University

Instructor, College Essays and Applications; College Pursuit, July 2011-present
Assistant Director; McFatter Technical Center Magnet High School, June 2005-December 2010
Assistant Principal; Nova High School, July 2002-June 2005
Assistant Principal; Dillard High School, August 1999-July 2002
English/Creative Writing Instructor, Teachers as Advisors Program (TAP) Coordinator; Plantation High School, 1988-95
English/Creative Writing Instructor; Boyd Anderson High School, 1982-88

Curriculum development, School Board of Broward County, Fl for IB programs, English, combination English/US History, Women in History/Literature
Charter Member, Johnson and Wales University, Educators Advisory Council
HRD trainer, LEAD Coach /Mentor for potential administrators
BPAA (Broward Principals and Assistants): Past President, Past Chairman of the Board, Scholarship Committee; Community Advisor
Consultant, Louisiana State Board of Education, magnet programs/ninth grade academies
Member: ASCD, FASCD, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Delta Kappa,  Delta Kappa Gama, BCREA
Lector, Extraordinary Minister, Little Flower Catholic Church, Hollywood, 1995-present
Board Member, Bold Justice, present

Broward County Teacher of the Year, county finalist, 1995
Silver Knight nominee for Educator, 1995
Honorary BS degree, Johnson and Wales University,  2008




I consider myself a product of Broward County schools, even though I was born in Bridgeport, Ct. After being “transplanted” to Florida, I attended Pines Middle School and graduated from Miramar High School.  At the age of 16 years old, I was the office manager at a Century 21 office.  It was an incredible learning experience and was foundational to the business side of who I am today.  I attended University of West Florida as I pursued my Bachelor's of Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education.  After college, I moved back to sunny south Florida where I began my professional career path teaching 3rd grade at Campbell Drive Elementary.

My daughter Maria was born and 17 months later, I was blessed with another beautiful daughter, Gina Rose.  Deciding that it would be easier to watch 100 children than just two, I opened a preschool in Ft. Lauderdale. I started it from the ground level--gutting and renovating a business-zoned duplex to transforming it into a childcare facility that was licensed for 100 children.  The next eight years allowed me the opportunity to be with my own children as well as work in my career field of education. 

I enrolled in the Educational Leadership Masters program at Florida International University and I began teaching kindergarten at Royal Palm Elementary School.  Fast forward, and fast it has been, 21 years later and I have been honored with the recognition of the 2014 Principal of the Year for Broward County Public Schools. 

As I look back over the past years in the District, I realize it is the combination of the amazing mentors that I have been blessed with weaved into my professional experiences.  My career path has taken me through all four corners of this expansive District as a classroom teacher to a teacher's teacher as the Nova Zone Staff Development Coach and then onto administrative opportunities as the Assistant Principal at Sheridan Hills Elementary and Principal at Park Springs, Tedder Elementary, and now Coral Park Elementary.  A teacher recently told me, that behind every successful woman is a supportive husband, and for me this is the truth.  My husband, Greg, is truly the man behind the scenes.  My two girls are now young successful women--Maria with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and her own fitness business, called Fitness with Maria and Gina, a very successful hair stylist in Cooper City waiting for the birth of my first grand”son”.  They all bring such joy to my life.

While my titles may have changed over the years, the one constant that remains through all of my experiences is my care and concern for my family, students, staff, and parents.  When things get overwhelming or frustrating or when I just want to laugh, you can find me visiting a kindergarten classroom where the simplicity of life in the eyes of the children grounds me and feeds my soul.  I am looking forward to seeing where the next 20 years of my career brings me!


BPAA Bio-Gina Montaginino, Assistant Principal of the Year!

As an educator for the last 14 years, Gina Montagnino is definitely a force to be reckoned with.  In her eight years as an Assistant Principal, she has had the exceptional opportunity to impact the academic environment of four schools and has demonstrated her ability to be an extraordinary leader, effecting positive change in many departments and personnel under her leadership.

Having a solid track record of increased student learning and academic performance, Montagnino was recruited to open Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED.  The students and faculty of Lauderhill 6-12 have greatly benefitted from her planning and capitalization of community partnerships.

One of her greatest accomplishments was the coordinating of Lauderhill 6-12 students to raise funds to purchase a bulletproof vest for Canine Officer Maxxx.  This project served as a bridge from classroom to the real world as students were able to research, fundraise and plan events and demonstrations, while nurturing a community partnership.

Ms. Montagnino’s natural abilities to lead and foster partnerships and relationships have earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and adoration from students.


BPAA Bio-Angine Tyghter, President Elect!

Angine Tyghter has served on the BPAA board in various capacities since 2011.  She has served as corresponding secretary and member at large.  Currently she is your President-Elect for 2014-2015. We appreciate her service to BPAA and her continued commitment to take on additional leadership roles to serve the interests of the members.

Angine has been an educator with the district for 10 years.  She is currently an Intern Principal at Glades Middle School.  She has had the privilege of serving the Glades community for her entire career starting out as a 7th grade geography teacher and then having the unique privilege of being promoted to assistant principal at her home school.  Angine is a former Teacher of the Year (2009) and a Caliber Award Nominee (2014). 

Angine earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, her Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to entering the field of education Angine served as a corporate and securities attorney.  Angine maintains her bar licenses in three states, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Although she successfully enjoyed the practice of law, her passion has always been the field of education. 

When she’s not working, Angine enjoys spending time with her family, long days at the beach and reading. 

ARLENE R. SCHWARTZ                                                                                                                                
Broward Schools is about to lose another treasured asset when Arlene finishes her DROP at the end of October.  She has been such a strong voice for Assistant Principals and all school based administrators around the State.  We will miss her as she has been on the BPAA Board and served our Association so well over the years.  Here is a little information on Arlene Schwartz!

A native of New York City, Arlene Schwartz has lived in Margate, FL for 32 of the 36 years that she has resided in Florida.  A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of The City College of New York, she holds a Master's Degree in American History from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision from Florida Atlantic University.  She began her career with Broward County Public Schools in 1979.


COMMUNITY SCHOOL DIRECTOR, Assistant Principal, Administering and Supervising Multiple School Board of Broward County Adult and Community Schools, August 1998 – present including:  Nova High, Plantation High Community Schools (current), Northeast High, Crystal Lake Middle, Old Dillard and Fort Lauderdale High Community Schools.


Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision (Ed.S), Florida Atlantic University; Boca Raton, Florida, 1988.  Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Master of Arts in American History, State University of New York at Binghamton; Binghamton, New York, 1973.
Bachelor of Arts, The City College of New York; New York, New York, 1971.  Major-History, Minor - Secondary Education and English.  Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude.


Florida Department of Education, Professional Educator’s Certificate:
School Principal (All Levels)
Administration of Adult Education,
Social Sciences 6-12

Executive Board Member, Florida Assistant Principals’ Association (FAPA) representing South District 2011 – present
President, Broward Assistant Principals’ Association (BAPA) 2011 - 2012
City of Margate, Florida
City Commissioner, 1991-1994; 1997-2004
Mayor, 1999-2001
Vice Mayor, 1993-1994; 1998-1999
National League of Cities, Women in Municipal Government 1997-2004
Workforce Education Committee, Broward Alliance 2002-2004
American Cancer Society Board of Directors, West Broward Unit, 1992-1997


Florida Association of School Administrators
Adult and Community Educators of Florida (ACE of Florida)
2004 Broward County Public Schools, Career, Technical, Adult and Community Education Administrator of the Year


Deborah L. Brown, Ed.D.

Debbie has been the Treasurer for the Broward Assistant Principals Association for a number of years as well as a long standing member of the Broward Principals and Assistant Principals Association Board of Directors.  Debbie has long been a strong voice for the needs of Assistant Principals throughout the District and a leader for School Based Administrators.  We thank her for her years of dedicated service!

Debbie is the assistant principal at Coconut Creek Elementary, and has been an educator with Broward Schools for 17 years. Prior to being an assistant principal, she worked as a reading coach and teacher at Oakridge Elementary. Debbie began her educational career in higher education at Nova Southeastern University. She also has experience as a professional developer for Just Read Florida! She continues to mentor aspiring leaders and teachers through the Office of Talent Development and as an adjunct professor and clinical faculty member at Nova Southeastern University.

Debbie’s accomplishments throughout her educational career are as follows. As an assistant principal, she was named a Caliber Award Finalist in 2012 and successfully completed the Intern Principal Program during the 2013-2014 school year. She has served as the Treasurer for BAPA for the past five years. She also represented the elementary schools in the Coconut Creek Zone for the North Area AP Council for 4 years. As a teacher, she received the Broward Recognition Award in 2006.



We should all take a moment and acknowledge the amazing job that that Janet Morales, Principal of New Renaissance Middle School and her small band of Elves does to make the annual BPAA Holiday party such a huge success.  Truly and unsung hero, Janet devotes her time to making sure each year, that Principals and Assistant Principals get to enjoy, celebrate, and socialize during the holidays with a fun filled and happy party!  She does this year after year and we greatly appreciate all her hard work.  Please take a moment and send Janet some kudos to  if you have enjoyed the holiday party in the past, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s event on December 4th, from 4:30 to 8 P.M. at the Westin Cypress Creek Hot

Here are some facts about Janet you may not know…….

Janet has been part of the Broward County Public School System for 22 years. 
She is a Rutgers University graduate and completed her graduate coursework at Nova Southeastern University. She began her career at Olsen Middle School where she  served as a teacher, support facilitator and assistant principal. Janet has been a member of BPAA since the year 2000. She joined the Executive Board in 2008 and began chairing the annual holiday party in 2009.

  • Professional Experiences:
    Middle School Executive BoardInnovation Zone Facilitator
  • Interim Assistant Principal and Intern Principal Mentor
  • City of Hollywood Education Advisory Board, 2007 – 2008
  • City of Hollywood Hispanic Affairs Committee 2007 – 2008
  • Co-Chair of the South Area Leaders of Tomorrow in 2006.
  • Leadership Hollywood XXXI 2006