Pam Stewart is the Commissioner for the Florida Department of Education. She brings a broad range of educational experience and perspective to her role.
Commissioner Stewart began teaching in Hillsborough County in 1975 before moving to Marion County where she spent 25 years in education. She rose from Ward-Highlands Elementary School teacher in 1981 to guidance counselor then district testing and research specialist, assistant principal, then principal, first at Reddick-Collier Elementary in 1996 and then at Vanguard High School in 2000.
In 2004, she was named Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality at the Florida Department of Education. She served in that position until 2009 when she moved to the St. Johns County School District to become Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services overseeing curriculum, learning, planning and accountability, federal programs, instructional materials, leadership training and exceptional student education.
She returned to the department in 2011 as Chancellor of Public Schools. She oversaw K-12 student achievement; curriculum, instruction, and student services; school improvement; and educator quality. She also oversaw the management and delivery of such affiliate programs as K-12 Race to the Top projects, Just Read, Florida!, the Office of Early Learning, and Florida's Virtual Education Program. These areas and programs provide support for Florida's PreK-12 education system, which serves more than 2.7 million students and 192,000 educators.
Commissioner Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. Postgraduate coursework at Stetson University earned Stewart her certification in educational leadership.