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Superintendent Jacqueline M. Byrd began her career in education more than 25 years ago in Jacksonville, Fl.
Mrs. Byrd has served as a teacher, school principal and district administrator. In 2005, she received recognition for increasing student achievement at one of Duval County’s most challenged elementary schools through innovative ideas, professional development and community involvement. The school’s overall academic achievement rose from a D grade to an A grade within three years.
She was promoted to key positions within the school district. She was responsible for overseeing elementary turnaround schools in Duval County. Mrs. Byrd also served as Chief of Schools for Duval County.
In 2013, Mrs. Byrd moved to Polk County where she was named Deputy Superintendent. She was sworn in as Superintendent on Feb. 23, 2016.
“Polk County Public Schools is excited to forge new pathways to reach our students and help them achieve their highest potential,” Mrs. Byrd said. “Our district covers a geographic area about the size of Rhode Island with students who come from diverse backgrounds, each child with an innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Our key mission is simple: to provide a high quality education for all students.”
Mrs. Byrd received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of North Florida and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University. She has been married for more than 20 years to Jason Byrd.