Dr. Debra P. Pace assumed the position of Superintendent of the Osceola School District in March 2016. Dr. Pace brings to the position an extensive background in both instructional and operational leadership, as she served as Principal for Poinciana and Harmony High Schools and as Deputy Superintendent for Secondary in the Osceola School District from 2003 to 2011. She has held the position of Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Services Division for Brevard Public Schools since 2011. As a lifelong resident and student, parent, teacher, and leader in the Osceola School District, she brings to the position both pride and passion to lead the school district forward and to serve the children in the community
Highlights of her successful career include fostering academic achievement within diverse cultures; developing high-quality programs that directly impact student performance; staffing and professional development of instructional and non-instructional employees in direct support of students; and allocating resources to meet the needs of schools and the district. As Superintendent, her goals are to build relationships, raise expectations, and provide strong leadership to ensure that the school system functions effectively as a critical element for not only student success, but also for economic development, quality of life, and community pride.
Dr. Pace earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language-International Trade from Auburn University, and both a master’s degree in English Education and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Central Florida.