By Camila Cepero, Miami Today
Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg serves as head of Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School. Opened in August 2015, the school includes a much sought-after Spanish and Portuguese language program.
Pupils choose one of two language tracks and receive 2½ hours of foreign language education a day, soaking in everything from the mechanics of the language to foreign countries’ customs.
The school is part of the 120-acre master-planned Codina Partners project to create an urban center in the City of Doral. The school is privately controlled and financed but publicly managed by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This partnership grants the school enough autonomy to carry out its innovative programs, Ms. Acevedo-Isenberg said.
Recently seeing the end of its second operational school year with 700 students, administrators expect to add about 13 teachers and launch their first fifth grade class in the fall.
Prior to joining Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School, Ms. Acevedo-Isenberg was the assistant principal at Lillie C. Evans Elementary School. Before that, she worked at the award-winning language magnet Sunset Elementary School for 20 years. Downtown Doral Charter Elementary’s language program is modeled after Sunset Elementary’s program.
Her experience at Sunset made her the perfect fit for Downtown Doral Charter Elementary, Ms. Acevedo-Isenberg said. “When I started to put everything together for [Downtown Doral Charter], I wasn’t really creating anything from scratch. I was really taking my experience from Sunset and imitating it.”
Miami Today reporter Camila Cepero interviewed Ms. Acevedo-Isenberg in a classroom filled with child-size desks at Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School.