Gina Michalicka has been an educator for over 30 years. Her dedication to student achievement has been a lifelong commitment. She started her career in Pasco County as a Kindergarten teacher and in later years had the opportunity to teach 1st and 2nd grade. Several years later, she taught remedial reading at the community college and Language Arts at the secondary level. Mrs. Michalicka served as a Reading Coach at the secondary level for several years in Hernando County, supporting teachers and students. She was fortunate to take part in ongoing professional development with Just Read Florida to provide training and professional development to teachers and administrators in Hernando County. Mrs. Michalicka served as an Assistant Principal and Principal for Hernando County Schools. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.
Mrs. Michalicka has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Marymount College in Tarrytown New York. She earned a Master’s Degree in Reading and Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.
It was as Executive Director of Academic Services that Gina led a team of district leaders, instructional coaches, teachers, and data experts to implement an action plan to successfully restore the school district’s ranking in the state. She developed strategic processes and systems in the Academic Services Department to support schools and increase student achievement. Highly respected for her advocacy of strong literacy instruction and her dedication to developing pathways for all children to succeed, Gina was named “Hernando Hero” in 2011, nominated for Reading Coach of the Year, and was acknowledged by the Florida Department of Education as Florida’s High School Literacy Leader. Gina currently serves on the Board of the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties.
Mrs. Michalicka’s educational background, extensive training in reading, and personal experiences have helped to shape her philosophy of education. She believes that every student can achieve success at the highest level possible.