In July 1996, Jeff Pollard, a retired Navy Commander, began his career in education with the School District of Palm Beach County. He started a NJROTC at Palm Beach Gardens High School and simultaneously taught emotionally handicapped students. After teaching Special Ed., at Roosevelt Elementary School he moved to Roosevelt Middle School as an assistant principal, followed by an assistant principal position at W.T Dwyer High. In 2010 he was hand-picked to lead Roosevelt High (aka Roosevelt Full Service Center- RFSC), the county’s oldest high school, located in the heart of the African American community. At RFSC he improved instruction, implemented a twilight GED program, and celebrated a successful first year by graduating over 80% of his at-risk seniors The next year he opened Riviera Beach Preparatory Academy and offered CTE courses in culinary arts, auto tech, computer tech and cosmetology to alternative education students. In 2013, Mr. Pollard accepted a principal position at Roosevelt Middle, giving him the unique opportunity to serve at Roosevelt Elementary, Roosevelt Middle and Roosevelt High schools. Following a brief retirement, he returned to the district as a manager with the Support Service Department. In this capacity he provides and instructional support to four ((4) alternative schools, three (3) Department of Juvenile Justice sites, two (2) residential facilities for drug abuse and behavior disorders and the Pace Center for Girls. His academic credentials include a B.S. degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Clinically Teaching the Emotionally Handicapped, and an Education Specialist degree in Ed. Leadership. His professional certifications include Emotionally Handicapped, Math and School Principal.