Mrs. Celestine Campbell, Program Director
Celestine Campbell is a woman of commitment and dedication, greatly loved by all her former students. She was born and raised in Clewiston, Florida. She attended Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in Exceptional Child Education.
Mrs. Campbell began her teaching career at Hendry County School District. Her first year, she taught ninth- grade ESE students at Clewiston High School. Through her care and personal tutoring, 71% of the students were mainstreamed back into the regular classrooms— and all of her students went on to sucessfully graduate from high school.
She then taught kindergarten in Hendry County for the
next five years. She moved to Sarasota County and taught at the Westcoast School for another five years, and in the public schools for twenty-nine years.
Mrs. Campbell was recognized many times during her career, and served in many leadership positions. She was Lead Teacher, Grade Chair, and a member of the school improvement group. She served on the early childhood kindergarten transition team for Sarasota County. She implemented the Accelerated Reader program for kindergarten at Emma E. Booker Elementary. She also implemented and was appointed the first chair of the celebration of Black History month which encompassed a variety of activities and included having role models visit the classrooms. She was the facilitator of a focus group for motivating minority students. She was a lead teacher at SOAR tutoring center.
Mrs. Campbell creates a safe and welcoming learning environment for her students, and a professional, spiritual work environment for her fellow teachers. She loves to bring her creativity to the classroom. It is her philosophy that every child can reach academic and personal success if they are taught effectively, encouraged, and engaged.
She believes the parents are a child’s first teacher and communication between the home and school are critical to a child's success.
Mrs. Campbell resides in Sarasota, Florida, is married to Attorney Leon Campbell and is the mother of five children and grandmother to two grandsons. She is very active in her church and one of the ordained Elders.