Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary in Cutler Bay has a new principal for the 2013-14 school year. Cynara Suarez is the new principal at Whigham replacing Susan Lyle, who retired recently.
“I am excited,” Suarez said. “I feel like I’m coming back home to my first love, elementary. I began my career in education as an elementary teacher at John I. Smith Elementary School in Doral.”
Suarez, who has lived most of her life in Miami, is married and has two children. An alumnus of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, she earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida International University and her master’s degree in elementary education from Barry University.
She attended Nova Southeastern University where she earned her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She worked for a time in the private sector as the principal of The Heritage School in West Kendall; then in 2008 she came back to the Miami-Dade County Public School system as a reading coach at Southwest Miami High School, which was her first experience in secondary education. She was promoted to assistant principal at TERRA Environmental Research Institute, a MDCPS magnet school in Kendall.
“Now, I have this amazing opportunity to lead Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School as principal,” Suarez said. “I look forward to developing relationships with my staff, students, and the community. One of my goals is to continue to work every day toward accomplishing great things at Whigham.”
Whigham Elementary School is located at 21545 SW 87 Ave.