I am a parent who is very pleased with the new principal. I have had nothing but positive experiences with Ms. Churchill-Jones. She is easy to talk to and always makes time to hear what the parents have to say. I know for a fact that some of the things parents are saying are NOT true. They do not have their facts straight. The rumormill is crazy right now and causing mass hysteria which is not necessary.
I have worked at Manatee through the last three principals and never once have felt 'threatend' nor 'intimidated' by any staff or administration. Yes, we have a new administration and for only being 3 months into a school year I believe they are doing a great job. We are all adjusting to the new staff but I have yet to have a negative thought about any staff or administration who works here. This is a great school, with great teachers, and an administration who I believe will keep our school just as great as it has been the past few years.
On behalf of teachers at Manatee, we would like to say that under the new administration teachers are encouraged to teach in line with the latest research and are given the professtional development that has been missing for so long at Manatee. We are disappointed that our parents cannot support this administration as we have. In the past, teachers have not been allowed to exercise creativity and the students have suffered because of it. Please support your children by supporting the school and it's administration as it moves in the direction that will take Manatee to the next level.
Watch what you wish for! I was not thrilled with the old administration. But after experiencing the current mess, I wish they could come back. The new principal is trying to fix things that weren't broken and things like the fine arts continue to be in adequate. I'm pulling my kids out next year and came on the sight to compare my options.
For the first time since Mantee opened, I fear for the teachers and students. The new principal has no idea what she is doing and it is a shame to see such a great school go down the drain.
I attended Manatee Elementary School from grades K - 5. I graduated in 2006. I think that the school can really achieve a higher level of excellence with the new Principal (Mary Churchill-Jones).
I am back with an update review. I am pleased to say that we now have a new principal, Mary Churchill-Jones! Already since she has arrived my opinion about Manatee has improved immensely! I was not happy with the previous principal. The assistant principal, Pat Mangiafico, did all the work anyway! I feel the new (and remaining old) staff @ Manatee will bring new and improved change
This is a wonderful school. I have two daughters 1st & 3rd grades. This was our first year here and I love it. The teachers and staff are great.
Very good academic program. A school for several years. Several classes at each grade level. Available of aftercare SACC program with many activities in place. Parent involvement is high which accounts for A rating partially.
My son graduated, with honors, from Manatee Elementary School this past May 2005....He attended this school for 2 years and was very scared to 'change' schools having been in private from K thru 3rd grades....My family's experiences with this school have always been incredible....The teacher's, principal and entire staff are very caring, compassionate, and 'devoted' to making sure that our children get the very best education possible....Mrs. Weissleder was his teacher this past year who co-taught with Miss Harap....These 2 teacher's truly made my son's 5th grade year 'awesome' (in his words) and helped him to become a better student and person....I would recommend that if you are given a choice of where your children can attend Manatee is the best!
Excellent school. Teachers and administration are awesome. They offer a great curriculum
I think that Manatee Elementary is a great school. It has been a consistent 'A' rated school and the teachers I have had experiences with are outstanding. I have had children in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades and I would highly recommend it to anyone new to the area. My son was in third grade this past year and was very well prepared for the FCATS and to continue on in 4th grade as well.
I sent my two children to Manatee and they absolutely loved it. The teachers were great and they scored very high test scores.
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