New principal at MAST shares her approach to education

Dr. Cadian Collman-Perez is the new principal at MAST Academy, but she is by no means “new” to schools, having previously served as a teacher, district presenter, vice principal and principal.

As a student herself, Collman-Perez said mathematics was always her favorite subject. She added that during her school years there were several teachers, principals and staff members who had a special impact on her education, and helped shape her future.

“Because of this, I take on a student-centric approach in my role as principal and consistently impress upon my faculty and staff the importance of connecting with every child,” said Collman-Perez.

The vision and mission at MAST is directly aligned with her own, Collman-Perez said, adding that she is passionate about the need to emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), on the local, national and global level. Her daughter’s focus in this area was also inspirational.

Collman-Perez worked in corporate finance for over a decade before shifting to education — first as a mathematics teacher and instructional coach. In 2012, She became the vice principal at Homestead Senior High School. She also has served as the Assistant Principal at Miami Edison Middle School.

“I want to be here to support our students, faculty and staff while working with the parents and the community to sustain the high-quality educational experiences that are synonymous with MAST,” she said. “It is important that our students graduate with the confidence, conviction and prerequisites needed to succeed in top tier and Ivy League colleges and universities, while maintaining a socially and morally responsible compass.”

After an unprecedented year with disruptions of the”normal” school year, lagging test scores have been a concern. The data is being used “to drive curricula planning and instruction. The focus will be to ensure the needs of all students are addressed.” said Collman-Perez.

Another top-of-mind concern for the new principal is COVID and safety procedures in the school. Protocols will be similar to last year, she said, with the school following the Miami-Dade County School Board guidelines.

“This is a very resilient community, and I am confident that we will apply all of the lessons learned since the onset of the pandemic to create and provide the safest environment possible for our MAST family,” she said.

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