Cheryl A. McKeeverCheryl A. McKeever
Crosspointe Elementary School
Palm Beach County Schools
Boynton Beach, Florida

Cheryl McKeever not only embraces parent involvement in her school, but she works to ensure “that all parents and business partners feel that they’re precious gems,” she says. A key achievement of McKeever’s career as a principal has been establishing award-winning partnerships with community and business organizations to support school academic programs. “Building a community of learners involving parents and the community has always been a priority,” she says. McKeever has been principal of Crosspointe Elementary since 2006. Three-quarters of her urban K-5 school’s population is African-American, and more than 85 percent of the 748 students qualify for free or discounted school meals due to poverty. Yet McKeever’s leadership has brought significant gains in reading and math—with test scores improving by an average of more than 75 percent—among the lowest-performing quarter of students. In her previous principalship of six years at a middle school with similarly challenging demographics—including a poverty rate of more than 75 percent—McKeever also dramatically lifted student performance levels. Her middle school’s rating in the state rose from a “D” to a “B” three years into her tenure. Recognizing McKeever’s accomplishments, her county’s reading council named her a “Reading Literacy Principal of the Year.” McKeever holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and master’s and doctorate degrees from Nova University in Florida.