Meet Cuwana Lawson- Moss Park Elementary Principal
There are four steps to accomplishments in life:
Plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, and pursue persistently. This is Mrs. Lawson’s tag line for her email signature. What a powerful message of vision and focus as she leads our precious young people to maximize their talents and character!
Mrs. Lawson was selected last year as our new MPE Principal. Our community is blessed to have her leadership for our children. I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know her and the honor of introducing her to our Lake Nona families.
Mrs. Lawson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education & Reading from Valdosta State University, a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida and is certified with the State of Florida in Educational Leadership. She has taught all grades K-5, adult ESOL courses, and beginning teacher courses. She was nominated Teacher of the Year (2000) and featured in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2003 & 2004), and Outstanding American Teachers (2006).
Mrs. Lawson was the Assistant Principal at NorthLake Park for two and a half years, Michael McCoy Elementary School for one year and Assistant Principal of Instruction at Howard Middle School for four years.
Mrs. Lawson has been married to her husband Phillip for 30 years. They have two daughters, Ja’Meshia and Phillia and two grandkids, Serenity and Burtland. Mrs. Lawson loves to spend quality time with her family. She is an active member of Faith World Church and loves having her large family all together every Sunday morning at church.
Mrs. Lawson credits being a Girl Scout Troop leader for 13 years as most helpful to building her skill set for classroom instruction and administrative leadership. Through interacting with so many young people and their families, Mrs. Lawson learned to see the unique talents of each individual and develop methods to encourage their growth. Countless hours of community service developed many additional skills in her, all enhancing what she brings to the table as principal of our local elementary school.
I asked Mrs. Lawson about her experience starting as Moss Park Elementary’s principal mid way through the school year last year. She said she was grateful for the way it unfolded because it gave her time to truly observe the systems and processes that are already established at Moss Park Elementary and see what is working well as well as areas that can be strengthened and improved upon. I asked her what challenges she has faced thus far and she said being accepted within an already established system has been a slight challenge, but overall the transition has been very smooth.
One challenge the school will face this year is the growth in student population from 1173 students to 1263 students currently enrolled. A strong co-teaching program will help teachers meet the needs of a larger group of students without impacting the one-on-one time students need with their teachers. This year the students will benefit from a newly hired math coach. Additionally, new curriculum is being introduced this year. Needless to say, Mrs. Lawson has been quite busy this summer with hiring, furniture orders and curriculum training!
What can we do to support Mrs. Lawson and all of our children at MPE? Mrs. Lawson asks parents to please simply follow the rules and procedures that are in place for the entire student body’s safety and educational enrichment.
Moss Park Elementary has a number of fun and helpful events coming up this year:
Aug 23 7:30-10am & 2-4pm Gently Used Uniform Sale
Aug 29 6:30 – 8:30pm Roller Skating Night at Universal Skating
Sept 11 9:00am or 6:00pm PTA General Meetings & 6pm Ice Cr Social
Oct12 8am – 12noon School Beautification
Oct 23 6:30pm Toys for Tots Movie Night
Nov13 6:30 – 8:30 Ice Skating Night at Ice Factory
Jan 16 5-7pm or 7-9pm Bowling Night at Firkin & Kegler
Jan 31 6:00pm PTA General Meeting (6:30 Chili Cook-off)
Feb 14 6:00-9:00pm Family Dance
Mar 14 4-8:00pm PTA Carnival
Apr 3 6:30 – 8:30 Roller Skating Night at Universal Skating
May 6 6:00pm PTA General Meeting (6:30 Read & Roam)
May 12-16 During school Teacher Appreciation Week
May 22 7:30-10am & 2-4pm Gently Used Book Sale
For more complete information visit Moss Park Elementary School’s website at https://www.ocps.net/lc/southeast/emp/Pages/default.aspx