Ms. Shawntai Dalton, Principal
Combining over 19 years of leadership and teaching experience in public and non-profit educational organizations, K – 12 curriculum and instructional expertise, Ms. Dalton brings a wealth of experience, passion and dedication to Lenora B. Smith Elementary as the newly appointed principal.
A native of North Carolina and a proud product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Ms. Dalton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida A&M University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She began her education career during the 1997-1998 school year as a third grade teacher in M-DCPS. During this time, she developed a love for reading and curriculum instruction and returned to school to earn an Education Specialist degree in Reading in 2002 from Barry University.
Her career experiences have afforded her numerous opportunities to excel as an instructional leader, including but not limited to assignments as a reading coach for 6 years in both elementary and secondary schools; as the Training and Resource Manager for the Miami Teaching Fellows program through the New Teacher Project, and as a Regional Reading Coordinator for the Florida Department of Education, Differentiated Accountability. Most recently, Ms. Dalton has served as an as assistant principal at Miami Jackson Senior High for the past five years.
Ms. Dalton believes that the students of our community should be afforded every opportunity to advance their level of educational quality and that being
“Anchored in Excellence” is key to student achievement. Outside of school, Ms. Dalton enjoys reading, singing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Cisely Scott, Assistant Principal
Cisely Scott is a native Miamian and a product of the Miami-Dade County Public School System. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching various grade levels, she became a mathematics and science coach. This prompted her to pursue her Master’s Degree in elementary education. Ms. Scott was a math and science coach for 4 years and then became a Math Curriculum Support Specialist for the Education Transformation Office. Her experiences as a coach, teacher, curriculum writer, and Curriculum Support Specialist helped prepare her for the role of Assistant Principal at Lenora B. Smith Elementary School. Ms. Scott believes that the students at LBS will achieve academic excellence and move on to become productive citizens in the community.
In her personal life, Ms. Scott is a Sunday School teacher, an inspirational speaker and serves as a mentor and role model to young women.