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Teaching, Leading, and Learning

Welcome to Teaching, Leading and Learning

Teaching, Leading and Learning provides support and resources for Volusia County Schools. Our aim is to equip schools to meet the needs of all students. We strive to provide quality curriculum and instruction that enable all students to achieve their learning potential.

Dr. Julio Valle

Chief Academic Officer
Photo of Dr. Julio Nazario-Valle

A dedicated educator and transformative leader, Dr. Julio Nazario-Valle boasts an exceptional career driving student outcome through a relentless focus on achievement, data-driven reform, and innovative instructional strategies. Originally a math teacher from Chicago, Dr. Nazario-Valle relocated to Florida to pursue advanced leadership degrees while teaching and working as a college math professor.

Leveraging his skills as an empowering, collaborative change agent, Dr. Nazario-Valle orchestrated profound turnarounds as Principal in multiple high-needs schools. Most notably, he spear-headed the rapid transformation of a struggling 100% Title I middle school, increasing its grade in just one year. His proven model of hands-on leadership, candid data conversations and purposeful coaching uplifted teacher effectiveness and fostered a student-centered culture of high expectations.

Named Lead State Director for the FL Department of Education’s Bureau of School Improvement, Dr. Nazario-Valle oversaw statewide reform initiatives targeting chronically underperforming schools. Under his administration, over 50 schools exited state watchlists, 100% of F-schools improved, and 84% of struggling schools showed letter grade gains.  

As Chief Academic Officer in Volusia County Schools, Dr. Nazario-Valle continues to engineer substantial advancement in student outcomes. His strategic vision elevates evidence-based practices while welcoming teacher voice and feedback. During his tenure, graduation rates have climbed an impressive 2.7 points to 91.6%, the number of A-rated schools more than doubled, and no elementary/middle schools declined a letter grade.

Blending compassionate understanding with data-driven accountability, Dr. Julio Nazario-Valle creates empowering cultures centering equity and achievement. His blend of instructional expertise, systemic reform experience and collaborative leadership cement his reputation as an educator able to forge progress in even the most challenging contexts.

Contacts

Dr. Julio Nazario-Valle
Chief Academic Officer
jnazario@volusia.k12.fl.us
Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 20275

Dr. Gabriel Berrio
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools
gberrio@volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 70813
 

Amanda Wiles
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Executive Director

ANWILES@volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 33280

Gianna Acevedo Alamo
Coordinator, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ghaceved@volusia.k12.fl.us
Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 20191
 

Dr. Angel Teron
Coordinator of Research, Evaluation & Assessment

arteron@volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 20695

Wafa Picciolo
Coordinator, Professional Learning

wpicciol@volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 20504

Dr. Grace Kellermeier
Coordinator, Electives

gkkeller@volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 20569

Kristy Castellanos
Executive Director of Elementary Schools
kjcastel@volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 76087
 

Carrie Crkvenac
Director, Elementary Schools

clcrkven@volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 20690

Tamara Baker-Drayton
Director, Secondary Schools
(386) 734-7190 ext. 20621
 
Leslie Frazee
Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction
386-734-7190 ext. 20778
Milady Astacio
Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction
386-734-7190 ext. 20622