Sylvia Hall Sanders

Vice President of Schools, IDEA Tampa Bay

Sylvia Hall Sanders, a Florida native born and raised in Tallahassee, brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, state cluster leader and turn around principal to IDEA. Sanders began her career as an elementary education teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In her time as a state cluster leader, Sanders worked with failing schools in Arkansas and Mississippi helping to increase student performance for underserved populations. The largest portion of her career has been serving as an elementary and middle school principal in Florida and Georgia. In her time as principal, Sanders successfully turned around four failing schools receiving recognition from the state for her innovative leadership. In Miami, while serving as principal of the Downtown Miami Charter School in the Overtown community, Sanders received commendations for moving the school from a “D” to an “A” rating in one year. Most recently, in Atlanta, one of Sander’s inner-city schools was ranked as one of the highest performing schools in the Mays Cluster. Sanders earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Capella University, Master of Science from Walden University, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

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