Sr. Director of Equity and Diversity Management

Ernest L. Joe, Jr.Ernest L. Joe, Jr. was born on June 19, 1957, in Sparta, Georgia to Ernest L. Joe, Sr. and the late Christine K. Joe.  He is married to Cheryl L. Joe and they have three children (Lashana, Ernest III and Errin) and one grandson (Julius).

Mr. Joe graduated from Kathleen High School in 1975.  He attended Albany State University in Albany, Georgia where he graduated with a Major in History and a Minor in Education.  In 1995, he received his Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

He began his teaching career at Hancock Central High School in Sparta, Georgia in 1980.  He was hired by the Polk County School Board in 1981 as a Social Studies teacher.  After completing his Master Program, he was appointed Dean of Students at Southwest Middle School in 1995.  In 1996, he was appointed Assistant Principal of Lake Alfred Middle School.  In February of 2000, he was appointed Principal of Auburndale High School.  In February of 2007, he was appointed Principal of Tenoroc High School which opened in August 2008. In May 2012, Dr. Nickell appointed Mr. Joe as Senior Director of Diversity Management.

Mr. Joe is a Member of Greater New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc Mu Zeta Lambda Chapter, and ASBA (Association of School Based Administrators) where he served as president for two years. 

Mr. Joe believes that the Field of Education is a special calling for those who truly Love Children.

Ernest L. Joe, Jr., Senior Director of Diversity Management
1915 South Floral Avenue
Bartow, FL 33831
519-3670 Ext. 53815
Fax: (863) 519-7548

The Senior Director of Equity & Diversity Management supports the educational mission of the District by providing guidance and resources for developing cultural awareness, understanding and equity within the District.

Equity & Diversity Management’s mission is to be responsible to the diverse learning needs of all students, parents and the community.  Additionally, to ensure a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. This will be accomplished by:

  1. Recruit highly qualified personnel who mirror the demographics of our diverse student population.
  2. Continue to monitor all school sites that fall below 5% staff demographics (Black and Hispanic) through  the District’s Diversity Action Plan (DAP)
  3. Implementation of a mentorship program for our at-risk student population and recruit adult mentors.
  4. Increase the cultural competency of all teachers, administrators, District level staff and community stakeholders through Diversity Professional Learning.
  5. Continue developing partnerships with local organizations:
    • Bartow Chamber of Commerce
    • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    • Concerned Citizens
    • Hispanic Educational Group
    • District PTAs and PTOs
    • Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
    • Community Relations Advisory Council (CRAC)
  6. Working with diverse parents and building relationships for parental and family     
    Engagement.  This will be accomplished through our Parent Engagement Program
    Coordinators and staff, located in our Parent Informational Resources Centers.
  7. Investigate and address incidents of unlawful harassment and inequitable treatment      
    within the District; promoting an environment conducive to learning and working.
  8. Prepare position statement and formal response to complaints filed with the Equal 
    Employment Opportunity Council (EEOC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and other
    Federal agencies; provide basic EEO law training to staff as requested.
  9. Prepare and submit the District’s Annual Equity Update (report) to the Florida Department of Education.

2016-2017 Student Population

TOTAL STUDENTS 102,967

RACE

NUMBER

PERCENT

White

41,858  

40.7

Black

21,328

20.7

Hispanic

34,677

33.7

Asian

1,625

1.6

American Indian / Alaska Native

410

0.4

Multi-Racial

2,915

2.8

Pacific Islander

154

0.1

 

Freed Reduced Lunch - 53,853
Community Eligibility Provision Group (CEP) -Schools 122
ESE -  13,002
Gifted -  5,330
ELL- 11,508

The Office of Equity & Diversity Management Serves on District and Community Committees:

  • Charter Review                                                                
  • Student Code of Conduct                                            
  • Assistant Principal Screening Selection
  • Community Relations Advisory Council (CRAC)  
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee
  • Facility Vendor Selection (Bid Review)

Parent Outreach Facilitators of Equity & Diversity Management

Parent Outreach Facilitators exist to serve school sites throughout the District. They serve as liaisons between the home and school.  Their focus is to offer reinforcement and support to classroom teachers in the areas of academics, behavior and testing.  They offer support to parents to reengage with their children’s education. A primary goal of the facilitators is to assist with increasing graduation rates.

Equity & Diversity Management Staff

Name: Title: Phone:
Ernest Joe Jr Senior Director (863) 519-3670
Sheila Keith Senior Director Secretary (863) 519-8254
Carol Wynn-Green Equity & Compliance Analyst (863) 534-0513
Donald Brown Student Success Coach (863) 519-8254
Tonya Clayton Parent Outreach Facilitator (863) 519-8254
Victoire Masseus Parent Outreach Facilitator (863) 519-8254
Victoire Masseus Parent Outreach Facilitator (863) 519-8254
Dionne McGarr Parent Outreach Facilitator (863) 519-8254
Jennifer Minaya Parent Outreach Facilitator (863) 519-8254
Roneiqua Wright Parent Outreach Facilitator (863) 519-8254