Mr. Bernard Osborn, Principal
Bernard L. Osborn was born and raised in North Miami Beach and is a graduate of Miami Dade County Public Schools. He received his bachelors in political science from the University of South Florida in Tampa and received his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Osborn is married to Stephanie and is the father of two sons, Joshua and Kyle.
He started his teaching career as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Little River Elementary School and later moved to Horace Mann Middle School as an assistant principal. He transferred to W.J. BryanElementary School as an assistant principal, then went on to become principal of Greynolds Park Elementary School. While at Greynolds Park, Mr. Osborn increased student achievement and raised the school grade from a “C” to an “A”. The school was designated a Five Star School by the Florida Department of Education for significant parental and community involvement. It was also designated an AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) School based on the No Child Left Behind Act critieria. David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center is an “A” school and a Five Star School and is very proud to offer a well-rounded curriculum to the students that walk through the doors.
In April 2005, Mr. Osborn was named principal of David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center, a state-of-the-art facility being built adjacent to Florida International University’s North campus. This K-8 Center houses more than 1,700 students and feature music, STEM, Robotics and art labs. The media center provides access to the latest resources, computer equipment, and professional development materials.
Through Mr. Osborn’s efforts, David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center will be the professional development school for FIU students majoring in education. He has also developed a relationship with Johnson and Wales University who will offer nutrition and cooking workshops to our parents and staff as we work on “Healthy Eating/Healthy Choices,” a grant Mr. Osborn received from Health Foundation of South Florida. Mr. Osborn is currently working with the school system’s Department of Food and Nutrition to bring a fresh and natural approach to the cafeteria food program.
Mr. Osborn is devoting much time to establishing relationships with local businesses wishing to become Dade Partners.
Ms. Mitzi Parlor, Asst. Principal
Ms. Mitzi Parlor has over 21 years of experience as an educator. She received a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Florida State University and completed teacher certification credentials from Florida International University. A “Seller of Education” is how best to describe this Assistant Principal. Prior to employment with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Ms. Parlor was a Million Dollar Sales Manager with an internationally recognized company. Coming to the field of education she left nothing from her previous experiences behind—she now sells education. Her zeal to sell is propelled by product knowledge which equates to knowledge of her subject matter, which has a proven track record. While in her first year of teaching she was honored as Rookie Teacher of the Year and became Teacher of Year after three years (first year she was eligible). After several years in the classroom she was recruited by the Division of Language Arts/Reading District Office as a Teacher Trainer where she remained three years prior to becoming an assistant principal. As a Teacher Trainer, Ms. Parlor modeled and coached classroom lessons for teachers throughout the district using higher order thinking skills, to help prepare students for standardized tests. While working in the District office, she became a CRISS trainer and as an assistant principal she continues to train teachers in implementing useful learning strategies during instruction. As a successful sales manager, Ms. Parlor learned how to monitor subordinates and data in order to meet fiscal objectives. In education, she acknowledges that the same premise applies in preparing for Adequate Yearly Progress. Her strengths lie in her ability to work with and motivate people in order to make gains. Ms. Parlor has the philosophy that all can be successful if trained properly in accurate approaches.
Ms. Amy Christopoulos, Asst. Principal
Amy Christopoulos is a native Miamian and attended Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She received her Bachelor’s in Advertising from the University of Florida. Ms. Christopoulos enjoyed a rewarding career in advertising until the call to education became clear in 2004. As a third-generation teacher, she began her teaching career at Miles Elementary School in Tampa, Florida. While in Tampa, Ms. Christopoulos earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In 2007, she returned to Miami-Dade Public Schools at Highland Oaks Middle School. Her experience in Science education has spanned from elementary to high school over the past ten years. Ms. Christopoulos was Science Teacher of the Year in 2009 and received the Service Teacher of the Year award from the Kiwanis Club in 2010. Ms. Christopoulos most recently was a curriculum support specialist for the Office of Professional Development and Evaluation. She provided innovative instructional support and engaging professional development to teachers within the district.
In 2008, she founded a grant funded mentoring program for at-risk middle school girls. Annually Ms. Christopoulos travels to Haiti and the Bahamas to bring school supplies and advance curriculum to private schools in need. She is currently the Executive Director of the Harry Tuttle Foundation that provides economically challenged students with hygienic items and school supplies. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, photography, and agricultural self-sustainability.
Ms. Christopoulos is excited to have joined the David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center family and looks forward to assisting students in a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow intellectually to their highest potential in their educational career.
Dr.Charlene Olicker, Asst.Principal (PLC South Campus)
Dr. Charlene L. Olicker was born and raised in New York. She holds subordinate degrees from Queens College (B.A), Columbia University (M.S.), and Barry University (Ed.S). She received her doctorate (Ed.D) in Curriculum and Instruction from the Florida International University College of Education in 2005. In addition to working for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Olicker has also held adjunct teaching positions at University of Miami and Florida International University, and has served as principal of a charter campus, grades PK4-High School. She has presented locally and nationally on tailored curriculum design and delivery, and career focus academy models.
Dr. Olicker’s passion is curriculum, and her area of leadership interest is organizational theory and management. Her creativity can be seen in the maintenance of a culture of learning where information is brought to students in ways that they can grasp it, own it, and then demonstrate achievement. She has worked the full range of public education, and understands the trajectory that students embark upon at the moment they enter kindergarten. With the end of the journey—that is, high school graduation-- in mind, she is a resource for aligning current classroom content and skills with the next steps students will take toward their goalS.
Mr. Christopher Gonzalez, Asst.Principal