Samuel P. Scavella, Ph.D.
Dr. Samuel P. Scavella was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High School and matriculated at Central State University in Ohio. After one year, he transferred to the University of Florida where he lettered on Steve Spurrier’s 1st SEC Championship Football Team. He left college early, however, to pursue a career as a professional football player in the Canadian and National Football Leagues. After a short lived career, he decided to return to college to complete his degree. Since then he has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management, a certification in Elementary Education, a Master of Science degree in Varying Exceptionalities (Special Education), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership.
Being a product of the inner city and urban area, Dr. Scavella believes that all students possess the ability to learn and with the proper motivation, can achieve their life-long goals. He affirms that the key ingredient to success is being ready for opportunity when it comes. This is accomplished by having a strong belief system, compelling reasons to succeed and the desire to work on oneself. He feels that serious time must be devoted to reading and learning in order to develop the mind and attitude of a person.
For nearly three decades, Dr. Scavella has served children and youth in urban schools. He taught science, mathematics, and reading on the middle school level and served as an assistant principal in both, middle and high schools, in Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools. In addition, he has served as principal of Blanche Ely Pre-Engineering & Medical Sciences Magnet High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, assistant director of Joseph Neel Academy Alternative School in Macon, Georgia, principal of Northeast Health Science Magnet High School (also located in Macon, Georgia), and principal of Booker T. Washington High School of Health Science & Nutrition in Atlanta, Georgia. Now culminating his twelfth year as a high school principal, Dr. Scavella is elated to have the opportunity to walk side-by-side with Ms. Jacqueline Bell to serve as co-principals of Glenville High School. His goals revolve around maximizing the potential of all students and stakeholders by facilitating an all-inclusive learning environment, coupled with a transparently collaborative staff and community component.
Dr. Sam Scavella has served 27 years as an educator with 20 years as a school-based leader experienced in implementing systemic structures and processes to ensure organizational effectiveness, high performance, and accountability. His repertoire emphasizes the implementation of sound research-based practices, while establishing partnerships to provide educational experiences that change the lives of children and youth. As an educational leadership practitioner and consummate educator, Dr. Scavella serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators and the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. He also serves on the Board for the Cleveland Council of Administrators & Supervisors and is a current participant in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Aspiring Network Support Leaders Program. He maintains that children and youth are our greatest investment who must be challenged and nurtured to unlock the treasures of kindness, honesty, productivity and service.
As a result of his commitment and service, Dr. Scavella’s work has been featured in the following publications, presentations and articles:
• Scavella, S.P., Bell, J., & Walker, N. (2018, November 8). Addressing problems of practice to achieve a high performance status. [Prezi Presentation]. 46th Annual NABSE Conference: NABSE, Baltimore, MD.
• Brewer, D. (Producer/Director). (2018). Tools for effective principal leadership [YouTube]. Click HERE for video link.
• Scavella, S.P. (2018, September 10). Focused leadership: Putting it all together. In Griffiths, D., & Lowry, S., The leader reader: Narratives of experience (pp. 244-247). Ontario, Canada: Word & Deed Publishing.
• Scavella, S.P. (2018, September). Focused leadership: Putting it all together. OASSA Update, 20 (2), 9-10
• Scavella, S.P., Bell, J., Walker, N., & Jennings, R. (2018, July 12). Cleveland’s turnaround story: A high school in transition. [Prezi Presentation]. 32nd Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference: SREB, Orlando, FL.
• Harder, E. (2011, June 17). America’s promise alliance and state farm partner to designate ‘promise places’: Atlanta’s historic booker t. washington high school first to receive designation as part of revamped program recognizing organizations providing all five promises. Retrieved from AmericasPromise.org. Click HERE for link.
• Hubbard, J. (2008, August 19). Jones, northeast high schools improve act scores. The Telegraph, p. 4A.
• Sena, K., Chen, C., Roberts-Grey, G., & Saiya, V. (2008, March). Advanced placement (ap): Northeast
high honored. Georgia Family, 13.
• Smith, A. (2008, February 12). 40 Under 40: Young, Gifted & Black. Georgia Informer. 10.
• Toppo, G. (2008, January 27). Good grades pay off literally. USA Today. Retrieved from USAToday.com. Click HERE for link.
• Meinecke, S. (2006, October 6). Still coaching: Lessons from college days build foundation of northeast
principal sam scavella’s leadership style. The Telegraph, pp. 1c, 3c.
• Rowe, J. (2004, January 10). Blanche ely prepares to emerge as giant academic institution, launching kids to higher levels. The Pompano Pelican, pp. 16-17.
Words he lives by: The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are, for what we could become. ~ Charles Dubois