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Meet Our Administration

Mrs. Mary Kate Parton, Principal

Mary Kate Parton, Principal of David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center, is a twenty-four year veteran of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She graduated from the University of Miami with Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in English and Education. She completed a Post-Baccalaureate certification in Agriscience at the University of Florida and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at Barry University.  

Ms. Parton began teaching English Language Arts at Miami Edison Senior High School and later transferred to John F. Kennedy Middle School to teach Agriscience. She was a District Rookie Teacher of the Year Finalist and named the Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Ms. Parton was the Florida Agriscience Teacher of the Year, a National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Finalist and National Agriculture Teacher of the Year. Ms. Parton developed and presented several state and national curriculum workshops and is also the recipient of numerous educational grants.  She was elected by her peers to serve as President of the Florida Agriculture Educators’ Association (FAAE).  

Serving John F. Kennedy Middle School as Assistant Principal, Ms. Parton was named Miami-Dade County's Assistant Principal of the Year and received the Florida Commissioner of Education’s Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award as one of Florida’s top three Middle School Assistant Principals. 

Ms. Parton was instrumental in the development and launch of the Biomedical Environmental Agriculture Technology (BEAT) Magnet Program, subsequently earning twelve consecutive National Magnet School Merit Awards, a coveted STEM School Designation, and selection as a National MSA Certification Pilot School. Ms. Parton’s considers her core mission to increase student achievement by creating positive educational experiences for all children.


Assistant Principal- Dr. Charlene Olicker
Assistant Principal- Ms. Mitzi Parlor
Assistant Principal- Mrs. Dena Vitro