My name is Barbara Viñas am I am a proud educator serving the students of Miami Dade County Public schools for 18 years.

My love teaching began at a very tender age of six when my first grade teacher, Ms. Brough was my hope inspiration and comfort during a very trying period in my childhood. I knew that I wanted to reciprocate that experience by cultivating the young minds of tomorrow through a safe, equitable, and compassionate learning environment we are all children can learn learn and thrive.

I began my teaching career as an Inclusion Elementary teacher working alongside the most fragile students and immediately seen the need to close the achievement gap in reading. As a result,  I pursued my masters in reading where I began learning the intricacies of reading and the importance of building a strong foundation in the primary grades in order to foster avid readers and lifelong learners.

Reading has been the catapult in my career I have been afforded the opportunity of servicing our most fragile schools in the capacity of Reading Coach (2009- 2013) for both the primary and secondary schools of MDCPS, therefore increasing reading proficiency through systematic research-based strategies that maximize teaching and learning.

I am humbled to continue to serve the students, parents, teachers, and community stakeholders of Hibiscus Elementary School in the role of Principal. Enriching  education and inspiring others to be the very best version of themselves every day.

Barbara Viñas, Principal