Jory Westberry, a 42-year career educator, has filed for the District One Collier County School Board seat. Westberry has been a resident of Collier County since 1989 and was an elementary and middle school teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal in Collier County Schools. Her son graduated from Lely High School and the University of Central Florida and presently supports CCPS Science coaches and teachers at the middle school and high school levels. Her daughter-in-law teaches high school English and her grandson is a second-grader, both in Collier County Public Schools. Jory’s husband, Paul, is also a retired CCPS professional.
Westberry received her doctorate from the University of Miami in Educational Leadership, a Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bethany College. She taught at both Pine Ridge Middle and Oakridge Middle Schools and was promoted to administrator positions at Avalon Elementary and Golden Gate Elementary. She was recognized as a Golden Apple teacher at Oakridge Middle School. For the last fourteen years of her career, she was a dedicated Principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on Marco Island. Before retiring in 2015, she was recognized as an honored educator in Marquis Who’s Who.
Westberry actively participated in the Champions for Learning “Connect Now” project unifying business partners, community members, parents and educators in order to develop mutual goals for Collier County Public Schools. She is a graduate of Leadership Collier and Leadership Marco. From 2016-2017, she worked with the CCPS C-Certs Program to mentor Collier County’s beginning teachers transitioning into an “A-rated” school district.
Westberry stated, “I’m running for the Collier County School Board District One position because I am committed to our students, parents and the educators who dedicate themselves to excellence every day. Through my varied roles, I was privileged to witness and participate in the consistent improvement of our public schools. CCPS is now rated #5 in the state of Florida, and I am still devoted to its continuing progress. I applaud the hard work of our Superintendent and the personnel working in support positions who are also dedicated to making our district better. Through positive collaboration of all parties, including school board members, we will continue to improve and enhance the education that our students deserve.”