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Yuri Higgins



Mr. Higgins is widely known as an educator that has the passion and work ethic to motivate the students he works with.  He is an inspirational leader who has a vision and mission to help students be successful in life.  In 2009, he began his teaching career at Tampa Bay Technical High School where he taught Accounting, Microsoft, Adobe, and business classes for five years.  Receiving ratings as a highly effective teacher led him to pursue administration in 2014 where he transitioned to King High School in the role of Assistant Principal for Student Affairs. 


In three years as Assistant Principal for Students Affairs, he led initiatives to reduce the suspension rate, created a more positive culture and engaged the community through volunteer work. In 2015, he founded Elite Men of Tomorrow, a mentoring organization that helps young men grow through community service, manhood development, business etiquette and social experiences.  The program enrolls a mix of at-risk young boys with different backgrounds to make sure they graduate from high school and make it to and through college.  


In 2017, Mr. Higgins won Hillsborough County School District’s highly coveted Tony Dungy Honorary Award for his service in the community with Elite Men of Tomorrow.  As an Assistant Principal for Administration, Mr. Higgins led the athletics department, student affairs and operations of the school.  He was also nominated for the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator award for the Excellence in Education ceremony.  At Icon Preparatory School, Mr. Higgins serves as the Principal of Operations and Student & Family Involvement.  He is an advocate, mentor and father figure for all students.  He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida and a Masters of Art Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

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