Michele Polk, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Today’s educational leaders must be forward-thinking problem solvers who possess strong organizational and communication skills. The demands placed on today’s school leaders require them to think creatively and collaborate effectively with many stakeholders. As a college instructor, I create a learning environment that will help future leaders develop and strengthen those skills so that they can step confidently into leadership positions and attain a high level of effectiveness in their service to teachers, students, and parents.

- Michele Polk

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Michele Polk



Michele Polk is currently the principal of Hardee Senior High School in Wauchula, Florida, and serves part time as an adjunct professor for Florida Southern College. Her current position as a high school principal allows her to bring up-to-date information and relevant leadership experiences to the college students that she instructs. Her 29 years of experience in the field of education include teaching mathematics and administrative positions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has worked in both private and public K-12 schools in the United States and overseas.


Ed.D., University of South Florida
M.Ed., University of South Florida
B.S., University of Central Florida

Professional Certification
School Principal (All Levels)
Elementary Ed (Grades K-6)
Mathematics (6-12)

Publications and Exhibitions

Doctoral Dissertation: Gender and Generational Differences in the Self-Ratings of Leadership Practices by Elementary School Administrators within Four Florida Counties