PARKLAND, FL- New Stoneman Douglas Principal Michelle Kefford was recently given one of Broward County's highest honors. Kefford joins seven other local residents that will be inducted into the Broward Education Foundation's Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11 in Fort Lauderdale.

Kefford graduated from South Plantation High School in 1992, has a Bachelor's of Science from Florida State University, and Master's of Education Degrees from both Florida International and Florida Atlantic University. She has won numerous awards as an educator, including being named the 2018 Broward County Principal of the Year and the 2019 State of Florida Principal of the Year. She also launched "Kefford's Kids," a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to lift children up socially and individually as well as academically. Harvard Education Press refers to this mentoring concept in its publications. 

One of Kefford's hallmarks is her willingness to think creatively and break new ground in reaching and educating young people, and the Broward Education Hall of Fame is an honor for the Parkland resident.

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"It is a great honor to have been nominated and subsequently inducted into the Broward Education Foundation's Hall of Fame," says Principal Kefford. "As a graduate of Broward County Public Schools, it is with a tremendous amount of gratitude and pride that I am able to live in and serve such an amazing community in Broward County.  To be recognized for doing what I love is truly amazing."

Friday morning's Hall of Fame Breakfast Ceremony begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Global Grille at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale. For more information about the event, please visit the Broward Education Foundation web site.