Community-building from a math major's perspective

The past several years have been all about math in my life. I do it everyday, I learn more about it everyday, and even though it gets challenging sometimes, I push through just so I can say “I did it.” After my summer job ended this year, I wanted to work for a company that would help me acquire more professional development experience.

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Kimberly Krupa
Escambia County students leave $2M on table in potential grants

Last year, students in Escambia County left more than $2 million in Pell grants unused, all because students did not complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). That’s why Achieve Escambia is launching the Escambia County FAFSA Challenge. The goal is simple — to challenge local students and their parents to fill out a FAFSA application. It’s the No. 1 ticket to higher education.

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Kimberly Krupa
Meet our new Manager, M.J. Ziemba

This week we were thrilled to welcome our new manager, M.J. Ziemba to the Achieve Escambia partnership. M.J. comes to Achieve Escambia with four decades of experience in education. Most recently, she spent 15 years managing the Florida Inclusion Network, where she is most proud of founding the Peer Support Project.

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Jill Thomas
Achieve Escambia saves 3-year-old program

Being an educator is tremendously fulfilling and challenging at the same time. I have the pleasure of serving our community as principal of C. A. Weis Elementary Community Partnership School. If you don’t know about us, we’re located in the heart of Pensacola … not too far from the intersection of Pace Boulevard and Fairfield Drive.

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Jill Thomas
Achieve Escambia announces major Florida Blue investment

Achieve Escambia is an organization committed to reducing disparities in education and workforce readiness outcomes. Using a structured form of collaboration, a focus on shared data, and continuous improvement tools, Achieve Escambia partners engage in strategies that yield program and service efficiencies and create innovative ways of working together to achieve more equitable results for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

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Jill Thomas
Student success rooted in healthy families

If we want our young people to be ready for kindergarten, to excel in elementary reading and math, graduate high school on time and be prepared to enter the workforce, we’ve got to work together to make sure they’re healthy. And there’s a lot of opportunity for improvement across Escambia County.

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Jill Thomas
Achieve Success by Improving College Access

I can vividly remember the first day I stepped onto the campus of The College of New Jersey. Like the start of any new journey, it was a monumental day in my personal history. Surrounded by thousands of students and faculty, I was overwhelmed with a sense that anything was possible.

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Jill Thomas
Too many classroom seats empty when school returns

Students report back to most of our local education institutions on Wednesday. Many of their seats will be empty. That’s because holidays are notorious times for attendance to slump. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days.

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Jill Thomas
Education Key in Movement Toward Stronger Economy

There’s a growing understanding across Florida of what it takes to create the talent we need to grow a strong, diversified economy that provides pathways to prosperity for all Floridians. During a recent stop in Panama City, I had the privilege of participating in this movement alongside peers in business, education, government and economic development.

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Jill Thomas
FAFSA No. 1 Priority in Accessing College

Like so many first-generation college students, my senior year of high school felt like entering a funhouse of mirrors. Everywhere I turned, a new mirror popped up, distorting my view of how to access this strange new world of higher education.

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Jill Thomas
Achieve Escambia November Newsletter

Early connections last a lifetime. The earlier children begin receiving support, the better. The fact is, too often babies, toddlers and children with developmental concerns get missed. The words “don't worry” or "wait and see" discourage families and prevent the kind of early screening and diagnosis that can inspire early intervention and improve educational outcomes.

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Jill Thomas