Principal’s Message

Florida Pitt Waller Students, Staff and Parents,

Greetings! I am very excited to serve as your principal at our amazing school! 2018-2019 was an awesome school year and I look forward to even more successes this year! We have the potential to reach even higher levels of student growth! To do this, your continued help, leadership and support will be needed! We thoroughly appreciate the partnership between our school & community. Thank you for all you do to make Waller an amazing place for students.

I want to share with you some of the academic successes from 2018-2019 that we are incredibly proud of.

Our percentage of students reading on grade level in grades K-3 increased in each grade level, with an average increase of 24%!

Our percentage of students identified as reading significantly below grade level in K-3 decreased at each grade level, with an average decrease of 15%!

Last year, we set some pretty ambitious goals for student proficiency levels for 2018-2019. Of those goals, we had some successes and some disappointments. But, we have spent time as a staff reflecting on what worked, what did not, and how we will move forward, stronger and better! We are HIGHLY committed to reaching our goals, and preparing your children/our students to compete at any of the nation’s top high schools, colleges, and the world beyond!

During the 2019-2020 school year, I look forward to a continued, explicit focus on the work we do with our students, socially and emotionally. We will continue to emphasize mindfulness and Random Acts of Kindness curriculum/celebrations, as well as our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) systems.

Our school is participating in the Capturing Kid’s Hearts Program and we are all loving the commonality of language and practice throughout the building in regards to building and maintaining relationships with our kids!

Our school continues to value the opportunities we have to consistently connect with our community. Some of our events include our annual Father-Son luncheon, annual Father-Daughter dance, Principal’s Snack and Chats, Principal’s Parent Focus Group, Elementary and Middle School awards ceremonies, Core Value Celebrations, Cinco de Mayo performance and celebration, Black History Month performance and celebration, Multi-Cultural Fair, FPW Carnival, Middle School Debates, Thanksgiving Dinner Give-Aways, our middle school visit to Washington, DC, Drama performances, Musicals, Talent Shows, and so much more!

This year, we will continue to also focus on our Mission and Vision –

Our Mission:
Florida Pitt Waller ECE-8 empowers students to compete in any of our nation’s top high schools, colleges, and the world beyond.

Our Vision:
As a diverse community of scholars, Florida Pitt Waller will build a strong school culture with continuity of instruction from ECE to 8th grade and a commitment to achievement.

Our 2 Drivers at FPW are:


We explicitly define our culture.

We consistently live our culture.

We hold each other accountable for maintaining our culture.

Standards Mastery

Plan – We plan with a strong understanding of Common Core Standards.

Implement – We implement highly engaging educational experiences. 

Reflect – We reflect and adjust our instruction by making data informed decisions.

Our instructional push this year is to deepen our level of impact with Standards Mastery through Aggressive and Active Monitoring of students understanding and Descriptive Academic Feedback.

I invite you to come visit our building, volunteer, and find your unique and valuable place in our FPW family!

I am looking forward to another amazing school year in service to our students, parents and community. 

Best to you all,

Mrs. Grayson-Yizar