Rhyanne Carrington, Elementary Vice Principal MUAA
8 years of teaching in K-8th Grade across 3 states Virginia, Alabama, and currently Florida
K-8 Vice Principal -2years
K-5 Vice Principal and Director of Recruitment and Marketing Currently
Number of Years at Miami Union Adventist Academy: 6 years
Number of Years in Education: 10
Highest Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
Ms. Carrington believes that all children can learn, but that the best learning takes place when the home, and school together for the whole development of the child. Learning first takes
place at home. Ms.Carrington looks forward each year to the opportunity of service to the teachers and students at Miami Union Adventist Academy and to the work of education with the Southeastern Conference. Ms.Carrington looks for ways to support the growth of the staff and students at Miami Union Adventist Academy as the Vice-Principal. Through one-on-one coaching with teachers, supporting students academically, and looking for ways to make community connections.
Ms. Carrington has always dreamed of being a teacher since the age of 7 years old. Growing up her dream almost felt like it would not come true, in the 4th grade, it was discovered that she was dyslexic and needed to be placed in special education classes. Her educational journey was very hard and many times even tried to stop her and put her down but with the strength of her mother Sheila Carrington and her church family, and a few outstanding teachers she overcame them all. By the time she was ready for high school, she tested out of special education, turned over to mainstream education, and then promoted to honor classes at Miami Norland Sr. High School. She went on to Oakwood University graduating with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently working on her Master’s.
Ms. Carrington is also a speaker and presenter on Educational Topics International known. Outside of school, Rhyanne is an active church member at the Tabernacle
SDA in Miami. She serves as the Pathfinder Director, a member of the children’s ministry, and the hospitality team. She also sits on the
Board of Trustees for the Albert C.Pierre Community Service Center. She is the proud Director of the HOPE Summer Camp for ACP in Miami that brings STEM education to children in the Little Haiti and the Miami Shores area of Miami. The camp also allows for campers to work on preventing the summer learning loss that takes place as well as providing a safe space for kids during the summer months to have fun learning and work on social-emotional skills.
What is the most challenging mental health issue in your school or district right now?:
That we are just now touching the surface of what covid has done to our students as well as to teachers and staff.
How is mental health currently addressed in your school(s), and what are the limitations?:
Honestly we do our best but not well enough we do everything we can for the students but not enough mental health for teachers. This year we have been working to change that.
What are a few points you'd like to cover relating to school mental health improvement?
Kids are overly sensitive now and its not them battling peer pressure but pressure they have put on themselves.
The mask wearing has become a comfort blank for so many of them.
Teacher mental health is not paid more attention to if our teachers are not mentally healthy our students can be.
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