Dr. Contessa Bryant
Dr. Contessa Bryant holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. After spending some time in the private sector, Dr. Bryant transitioned to education where she served as a middle grades language arts teacher. Understanding the importance of continued education, Dr. Bryant pursued advanced degrees from NOVA Southeastern University earning a Master of Science degree in Reading, an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership. Her expertise in teaching pedagogy and reading content led to a series of assignments in the area of reading coach and curriculum support specialist. Dr. Bryant has more than ten years administrative experience serving as assistant principal at Campbell Drive Elementary, Campbell Drive Middle and Homestead Senior High. She was pleased to serve as principal at both Lenora B. Smith Elementary and Homestead Middle School. Under her leadership, both schools witnessed tremendous growth including: letter grade increases on Florida's Grading System, elimination from Florida's lowest 300 performing elementary school list, implementation of a number of after school programming/clubs, introduction of the performing arts (dance, music and drama), enhanced community partnerships resulting in great opportunities, experiences and advancements for students. Dr. Bryant returns to New World School of the Arts as principal beginning the 2020-21 school year.