The Office of Education Equity and Outreach

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    Equity is defined as "the quality of being fair and impartial." It is a value system that must be prioritized to be effective. Equity is a humanistic approach that says each person is valuable and because each person matters, the collective body is stronger. Educational Equity is grounded in practices that afford all students access to resources, contributing to their success in our local and global community.

    The Office of Education Equity and Outreach was established in September of 2017 specifically to address the achievement gap through the development of an equity plan, training, and community partnerships. From its inception, the office has focused on providing training with teachers and administrators on culturally responsive classrooms, facilitating a book study with school-based administrators, providing presentations to local community-sponsored groups, and meeting with parents and other community stakeholders. Our equity lens provides a broad view of growth and development that encompasses all students. Each student is valued regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, English Language Proficiency, or other factors. 

    We encourage you to check back often on our website for updates and efforts promoted through the Office of Education Equity and Outreach.

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Director of Equity

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Instructional Coach

Blake Mickle Beckett grew up in Gainesville and graduated from Eastside High School in 1991.  She earned her teaching certificate while attending Wellesley College.  She was a classroom teacher for twenty-five years at various public schools in Colorado, Massachusetts, and Florida.  She recently earned her doctorate of education, Ed.D., at the University of Florida in Curriculum and Instruction with a research focus on the intersection of Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy.  

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Parent Academy Specialist

Pamela Anderson has served in various roles within the public school sector and higher educational institutions. She has positively impacted families through her work with McKinney-Vento, McNair Scholars Program, Upward Bound and other student services programs. She has also worked as a classroom teacher and academic tutor. Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Eastside High School and has earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services and Sociology from Troy University. She is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences. In her newest role as Parent Academy Specialist, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to engage parents in their child’s education. By promoting parent advocacy, Ms. Anderson empowers parents and guardians to embrace new concepts and engagement strategies that result in greater student achievement.

Contact Us

  • Director of Equity
    Phone: (352) 955-6875 Ext. 6309

    Instructional Coach
    Phone: (352) 955-6875 Ext. 6318

    Parent Academy Specialist
    Phone: (352) 955-6875 Ext. 6322

    Administrative Secretary - Terri Zimmerman
    Phone: (352) 955-6875 Ext. 6310

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  • Mailing Address:
    Fearnside Family Services Center
    3600 NE 15th St
    Gainesville, FL 32609

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