Mr. Guillermo Muñoz

Guillermo Munoz is the principal at Homestead Senior High School, located in Homestead, FL.  Mr. Muñoz holds a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, located in Davie, FL.

Prior to his arrival to Homestead Senior High School, Mr. Muñoz oversaw the administrative and curricular components of Westland Hialeah Senior High School, integrating innovative strategies to maximize quality instruction and student achievement. Mr. Muñoz brings more than 20 years of experience in organizational administration and curricular expertise, including his previous experience as a classroom teacher. His philosophy of education emphasizes cultivating a rich academic community by creating quality educational opportunities for students.

Evidence of the impact his philosophy has had at previous schools can be observed in the Dual Enrollment program he built in collaboration with Florida International University and Miami Dade College at Westland Hialeah Senior High School.  In four years at Westland Hialeah Senior High School, the number of students participating in the program increased exponentially, affording the opportunity of obtaining a significant number of college credits before high school graduation to 626 low-income students. The Westland Hialeah Class of 2013 consisted of 413 students, of which 249 (60%) completed 962 Dual Enrollment courses during their enrollment at Westland Hialeah Senior High School.  Similarly, Mr. Muñoz increased the Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment at Westland Hialeah by 106%.  In the May 2012 AP administration, the passing rate was 60%. Also, Mr. Munoz’s educational initiatives have raised student achievement in critical state-assessed content areas like Reading by 19% and underserved subgroups, like the lowest 25th percentile of students, by 20%. He raised the school’s letter grade designation from a “C” in 2008 to an “A” in 2012.  In order to provide students with viable postsecondary paths, Mr. Muñoz created a network of organizations consisting of colleges, technical schools, and local businesses that help Westland Hialeah broaden its students’ horizons.  His close work with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (WW) and The Education Fund, non-profit organizations dedicated to educational reform, were instrumental in implementing innovative methods to provide dual enrollment opportunities for minority, low-income, first-generation college-bound students. 

During his tenure as principal at School for Advanced Studies (SAS), Mr. Muñoz raised the school’s ranking in the annual Newsweek Magazine’s “America’s Best High Schools” from 1,210th place in 2006 to 15th in the nation in 2009. He reorganized recruitment practices for the purpose of increasing equity in access to SAS. This resulted in an increase in the number of enrolled students from 338 to 477.  This increase was more representative of the community the school served.  Also, Mr. Muñoz expanded the program to include a site in the City of Homestead, FL and a fifth site, Academy of Advanced Academics, at Florida International University.  Mr. Muñoz was the first and only Hispanic principal in Miami Northwestern Senior High School, considered by many a beacon of hope in the Liberty City community in Miami-Dade County. During his tenure at Northwestern, he increased the percent of students scoring at high standards and making learning gains in Reading and Mathematics. Mr. Muñoz’s first principal assignment was at Brownsville Middle School where he increased the school letter grade from a “D” to a “C” in his first year as a principal. 



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