Mrs. Tanisha N. Cunningham, Principal
Mrs. Tanisha N. Cunningham has served as an educator in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 25 years. She currently holds three degrees from Florida International University: a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1998), a Master of Science in Educational Leadership (2008) and an Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership (2010). She is slated to graduate from St. Thomas University with her final degree, a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation, during the 2023 school year.
Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Cunningham was a classroom teacher for twelve years, where she worked primarily with students with disabilities, as well as English language learners. During that time, Mrs. Cunningham was recognized for her work with children, receiving district and state honors, such as MDCPS’ Inclusion Teacher of the Year and the You Make a Difference Award from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. Mrs. Cunningham is passionate about the educational process and believes all students are capable of learning – but recognizes that a child’s academic success is best achieved when there is a commitment between the school and the home. Marian Wright Edelman’s quote, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it,” best embodies her personal philosophy regarding the learning of all children.
Mrs. Kristina Ferrera, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Kristina Ferrera has served as an educator in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for seventeen years. She currently holds two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership.
Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Ferrera was a classroom teacher with innovative and exciting methods of teaching. She brought life into her classroom by making sure that the children in her care were excited about learning.
Mrs. Ferrera also served on many committees and was an integral part of student success in her previous school. Mrs. Ferrera’s love for education and creativity make her an asset to W.J. Bryan Elementary School.
“You can teach a student a lesson for the day, but if you teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” –Clay Bedford