Principal's Message
As the Principal of Mater Academy St. Cloud, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and extend a warm welcome to you and your family. I am committed to carrying out the vision and mission of Mater Academy St. Cloud, which is to provide our students with a viable educational choice that offers an innovative, rigorous, and seamless college preparatory curriculum.

I began my educational career eighteen years ago as a Special Education teacher where I developed an extraordinary appreciation and love for working with special need students. My tenure with Miami-Dade County Public Schools provided six years of rewarding and enriching experiences that continued with me as I joined the public charter school movement in 2003.

Seeking to increase influence, I shared my expertise obtained through my Master’s degree in Reading and served as the Reading Coach at Mater Academy Middle Charter School for two years. With a desire to continue to grow professionally, I pursued certification in Educational Leadership and served as an Assistant Principal at Mater Academy Middle/High School for three years.

In 2008, I was afforded the incredible opportunity of becoming the Principal of Pinecrest Academy South Elementary Charter School also serviced by Academica, the Educational Service Provider for Mater Academy schools. During my six year tenure as the instructional leader of Pinecrest Academy South, the school was designated a high performing charter school and has consecutively earned an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education. Pinecrest South was the only elementary charter school in Miami-Dade County offering full-time gifted classes, during and after school Robotics programs, Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum and the Positive Behavior Supports Character Education program. While I was at Pinecrest, the school earned regional, national and world wide recognition for our afterschool robotics, cheerleading and basketball teams.

I thoroughly enjoyed working as the instructional leader of Pinecrest Academy and felt that the most rewarding part of my career was being able to impact the lives of children both academically and socially. I am thrilled and honored to have been given the opportunity to now lead the students of Mater Academy St. Cloud and open Mater’s first charter school Mater Academy Brighton Lakes in Osceola County.

Mater Academy currently serves over 9,000 elementary, middle and high school students across ten campuses in Miami Dade-County. Its elementary and middle schools are ranked among the state’s highest achieving schools as measured by Florida’s Accountability System. In 2011, Mater Academy pursued and was awarded AdvancEd Corporate School System Accreditation for its proven commitment to quality and continuous improvement across all schools.

Parents play an integral role in the success of Mater Academy St. Cloud and I gladly welcome your input and suggestions throughout the year. As stakeholders in our children’s education, staff, parents and students will work together to Build a Team of Eagles, and always abide by our school-wide expectations of being a safe, respectful and responsible MSC Eagles. I am truly looking forward to a rewarding 2015-2016 school year and collaborating with each and every one of our families.

Carmen Cangemi
Principal, Mater Academy St. Cloud Charter School